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Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph

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Everything Americans know about the end of the Vietnam War is wrong, contends Richard Botkin, former Marine infantry officer and author of the groundbreaking book Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph.

Now the inspiration for a major motion picture of the same name Ride the Thunder reveals the heroic, untold story of how Vietnamese Marines and their US
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Hardcover, 652 pages
Published July 13th 2009 by WND Books (first published July 2nd 2009)
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Regulo Jr.
Jun 09, 2011 Regulo Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-history
U.S. Marine Advisors in Vietnam!

Author, Richard Botkin does a brilliant job in writing and presenting such an incredible account and intense story on "Ride The Thunder": A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph.

Ride The Thunder gives the reader a quick history of the Vietnam War during the early stages of 1963 thru 1975. A glimpse of several Marine Officer Advisors working together with the Vietnamese armed forces in stopping the Communist invasion of South Vietnam. Also known as the "Easter Of
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Mike Gilson
Feb 18, 2013 Mike Gilson rated it it was amazing
I first heard about this wonderful book as a result of an author event at the Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco. I could not attend the event but the description of the book intrigued me enough to purchase a copy of the book and read it in less than a week. The book is one of the few that I am aware of that has focused on Vietnam Nam post 1970. Besides the heroics of Ripley, Turley and the other Americans, I came away with a much greater appreciation of the skill and courage of the South Vi ...more
Roger Sigmon
Jun 30, 2012 Roger Sigmon rated it it was amazing
OORAH!!!! FANTASTIC read,even though the book is 603 pages, I was not ready for it to end. Gives deeper appreciation for those brave young men of America and South Vietnam. A stark reminder also that the PC crowd and our government continue to waste the efforts and lives of those that fight for freedom by imposing ridiculous rules of engagement that make winning a war next to impossible. Sad to see we have not learned the lesson of staying until the job is finished, instead of abandoning our all ...more
Burt
Jan 09, 2010 Burt rated it it was ok
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After setting this book down about half way through it, I have not cared to pick it back up again and continue. I am a close personal friend of one of the U.S. Marines about whom the book was written; I worked with and for one of the others; and I served in the same unit as the third, albeit, not concurrently. It was a bit like walking through my own history and while informative as to their individual experiences, it was a bit tedious for me to read. I simply lost interest.
Mike Lummis
Oct 16, 2015 Mike Lummis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loyalty and professional performance in war.

I served in Vietnam in the army infantry. The sacrifice and diligence the subjects of this book just blew me away. I have a greater respect for the professional Vietnamese military members than I did previously. Any person studying the Vietnam conflict needs to read this book.
Urey Patrick
This is a highly personalized account - the author lays out the lives of the various characters (US, Vietnamese) from childhood on. Too much of the book is spent that way - the history of the final year in Vietnam and the aftermath is but a one part of the overall journal. Not what I was looking for, nor what I expected.
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J.P.
Aug 07, 2009 J.P. marked it as to-read
Heard about this book on Michael Savage talk radio. I very much want to read this book.
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