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Seven in a Jeep

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Ed Gaydos was not a hero. Shipped off to Vietnam in 1970, he did not capture a single enemy soldier or single-handedly dismantle the Ho Chi Minh trail. He sat on a remote patch of sand behind barbed wire with a bunch of teenagers, dodging incoming mortars, battling insects and holding back an avalanche of paperwork.

This hilarious, intelligent memoir of the regular soldiers
Paperback, 332 pages
Published May 15th 2013 by Columbus Press (first published May 9th 2013)
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Drew Farnsworth
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What is left to be said about the Vietnam War? Ed Gaydos comes to the topic with the benefit of almost exactly forty years of cultural distance from the horrors that happened there. He brings an honest touch to his memoir, an almost ahistorical point of view. It never mentions the merits of the war itself, only the specific and detailed account of one man. It's honest and straightforward and tells the various stories with a lighter touch than most, which lends insight to the means by which peopl ...more
Belinda Nicoll
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It’s clear from all that has been written about Vietnam that U.S. war veterans have strong feelings about their experiences. Although each soldier’s memories bring a different perspective to this crucial time in the nation’s history, and while some of the details might’ve faded over time, the sense of camaraderie will obviously never be forgotten—it helped them to stay sane, and you get from Seven in a Jeep that looking out for each other was vital to their survival.

Written in vignette style, t
Rebecca Hughes
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book in the goodreads giveaway. I thought the book was very well written. I found lots of humor in what was anything but a humorous situation. I think this man has a real gift of being able to tell his story in a way that really grabs the attention of others. He did a wonderful job!!
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Seven in a Jeep, and speaking with Ed about his motivation to write the book. He's got a great sense of humor for describing the head-scratching things the military bureaucracy can require of soldiers in the field, as well as the clever ways those on the front lines deal with rear echelon demands. I've described this book to friends as one part Full Metal Jacket, one part M*A*S*H, with the humor and poignancy of both.

Rather than going the traditional route of writing an
Jen Michel
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is different from any other book about war that I have read. Most of the books about war that I have read in the past are mainly fiction woven into nonfiction (with a few exceptions, such as The Diary of Anne Frank). It is hard for me to believe that life in the military was/is actually like this, but I'm sure that any active-duty or veteran of the service reading this book would nod their head throughout. I liked how the book was written time-wise, where he switched back and forth to ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.

There wasn't a lot of analysis of the politics of the war or combat strategy that you typically find in books like this, it was just the day to day of a bunch of kids trying to do their jobs and not get blown up.

I loved the episodic format. Each short story works into the tapestry as a whole, but could also stand alone as a great story all by itself. The cast of characters is unforgettable. Some stories are light-hearted and humorous, others are incredibly serious, but it's got a
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seven in A Jeep is my favorite kind of book – you’ll laugh as much as you cry and you become totally engrossed in this story.

This is a book is set during the Vietnam War – but without a lot of gore, and very few political statements. It is a book that tells the story of one young man as he moves through his Vietnam experience – from being drafted and leaving home to marveling at bureaucracy at its best to returning home a different person.

It also gives a real-life look at military life and what
Amanda Trevino
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
overall this was a very good book and i enjoyed every page not to mention the beautiful cover!! i may even find myself re-reading it! thank you so much Ed!
Bill Gabriel
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this outstanding book Gaydos puts you in the army, takes you through basic training, and sends you to Vietnam. Reading it was like hanging out and drinking beers with a friend who can really tell great stories; you sit, listen and don't want to leave. The book is a collection of stories. Each one is brief - maybe 3 or so pages at the most and many shorter than that. But they follow each other in a narrative form almost in the manner of a diary. Finishing one leads the reader right into the ne ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. I felt like I learned a little bit about what life was like during that war. It wasn't too heavy into the details but focused on a more personal level. I did at times wish he'd gone a little more into depth about his own thoughts and feelings, rather than just telling the stories. I also wanted to know how the war affected him and how he adjusted back to life after returning from fighting, and I wish some of these were included. The story is definitely a collection o ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful memoir written by a man who experienced all the misery, fear, and loneliness of all soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War. I was a college student at the time of the Vietnam War, and though I did not participate in the college campus protests (I went to class!) I know that I did not appreciate the sacrifice of these soldiers and did not honor their return as I should have. Now I know, after reading this book, the hardships and terrible fears they endured, just as today's sold ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway and found it hard to put down. Seven in a Jeep is an honest and sincere memoir of the author's time in a seminary before leaving and joining the Army, his experiences getting through basic training and his tour of duty assigned to an artillery unit in Vietnam. I greatly appreciated that he doesn't make any effort to try to hide his true feelings in the situations and inject artificial bravado, whether he was dealing with the bureaucracy of Army ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quit-reading
I don't usually review books I haven't finished, but I can't fault the book for my lacking in this case. I'm not one who is often entertained by war. I seldom like books or movies on the topic, but this one held my interest. I think it was because it was less a book *about* the Vietnam War and more focused on the author's experiences and the people he met during the war. Very little agenda, just recounting of his experiences serving overseas. Very easy, casual read.

I have no doubt I'll get back
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway, and I am looking forward to reading anything else from Mr. Gaydos! He's a hoot!!! I am a big fan! I was hoping the book didn't end! Mr. Gaydos, I salute you, Sir, and all veterans. I was briefly in the Army myself (so I understood a SMALL part of what you went through) Like you, I probably should have entered the Air Force (seems like they got it made! ;-D) (No disrespect meant for the Army!) I really look forward to reading anything else from you, or any ...more
Staci Meyer
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I know nothing about wars or how they are fought, yet this book managed to break things down into terms that the everyday person would know and be able to understand. This story covers every aspect the war, including the nitty gritty's of the whole thing. Gaydos shows the facts and how things really were, but everything is interesting and engaging. ...more
Darcee Kraus
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
When I was younger, older men in my family would point to certain people as "war heroes" or "role models"; great men I should look up to. Gaydos explained to me my own unsettling feelings on the matter, all soldiers are heroes, not just the ones that are given credit, not just the ones who "accomplished great things". All soldiers do. ...more
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