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Suicide Charlie: A Vietnam War Story: A Vietnam War Story
"Suicide Charlie": the bastard infantry company that fought where the combat was bloodiest. Norman Russell was nineteen, a sportswriter for a small-town newspaper, when he was drafted for the Vietnam War and landed in the army's hottest spot as an infantryman in the 25th Division. Charlie Company, better known as "Suicide Charlie", had earned its nickname. Mole City was th ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Pocket Books
(first published March 30th 1993)
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Excellent Vietnam memoir, very different tone and content than a lot of the other material out there. Writer does an excellent job of examining why and how he ended up in Vietnam and presents what feels like a very honest look at how it affected him, his family, and the people around him. Not focused on detail after detail of every firefight he encountered, the book instead looks at what it was (and is) to be a soldier in a country nobody cares about in a war that can't be won. Recommended, even ...more
This is a very good little book - with powerful content. It is much more than a "grunt's gut-wrenching memoir", which it is, but it provides a wider perspective of war and the human condition that spans generations and politics. And the best descriptions of the dark, such that the reader can almost feel it.