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Of Rice and Men

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can’t speak the native language, don’t know the customs, can’t tell friends from enemies, and–in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam–wonder why they have to risk their lives ...more
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Presidio Press (first published January 31st 2006)
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Jason
Dec 26, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic dark comedy in the tradition of CATCH-22 and MASH, Richard Galli's novel of a 'civil affairs' unit during the Vietnam War delivers on the laughter but also stabs at the heart with moments of wrenching emotional scenes. All is done without placing his characters in the midst of battle.
The novel focuses on the sisyphean, ill-conceived project of winning the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people though western agricultural and animal husbandry customs.
Much of the novel's humor comes f
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David
May 31, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shiraz
audio book. The book seems to be an u[dated takeoff of Catch 22 but set in Vietnam. It seems to work, although it doesn't have the same fullness as Heller. Its a bit like listening to a quartet instead of a symphony.
Chris
Nov 27, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Oh, this was good. It combined the gritty reality of war with the dark comedy and satire of M*A*S*H* and Catch-22, like it says in its own description. It pulls you in and keeps you hooked from the first page.
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Oct 28, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
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I adored this book. Very many laugh out loud moments and I didn't want to put the book down each night.
Joy
Mar 25, 2011 Joy rated it did not like it
3 -- blah and interesting and boring and funny
Stacey White
Nov 19, 2008 Stacey White rated it it was amazing
This is not what you would imagine from a book about the Vietnam War. Very humorous and touching.
Cj Hall
Mar 07, 2010 Cj Hall rated it really liked it
It's amazing
Gabrielle
Jul 14, 2011 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, travel
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Showed the lighter side of a tour in Vietnam without being silly. Highly recommend it.
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