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Gone Native: An NCO's Story Kindle Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Length: 306 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (18 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUDI3I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cornett's Gone Native is an excellent account of his time in Vietnam. There are hundreds - if not more - books on this subject, ranging from the mediocre to the gripping. This is one of the latter.
Cornett - or Lurch to his friends - starts at the start: how he came to be involved in the conflict. He recounts all of his years in Vietnam with a passion and holds back nothing at all. He tells of his time with the Foul Dudes - the Lurps of 101st Airborne. Those that have read James W Walker's Fortune Favors the Bold will recognise some of the war stories and many of the people mentioned, including Walker (Limey) himself.
Lurch tells how he served with the Special Forces, and how he came to leave them, and of his skills as a medic. He tells us with emotion of his relationship with the Montagnards when he worked with them in the latter stages of the war, and how he managed to get himself into more trouble than can be imagined when an officer disallowed him to see his pregnant indigenous wife.
The book is so full (he served in Vietnam for around six years) that it is hard to review in a few words. My only criticism is that the book ended rather abruptly, leaving the reader hungry for more. It is cleverly written and makes you see that this was a man who really cared about the people he was there to help.
Read it - I guarantee that you will enjoy it. This man did it all and tells you about it. All of it. Well done Lurch - this stands out above the rest of them. JB
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I have read a number of story's from the Vietnam war lately. It is good that the veterans can finally express their feeling. I understand that the US people are now looking after their Present veterans and are giving them the respect that they so deserve.
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The first 188 pages were similar to other Vietnam war accounts (not to minimalise the experience). The most interesting bit, as others have pointed out, begins rather late in the book. While there is quite a lot of getting drunk, visiting prostitutes, and smoking various organic material (which I did not find especially praiseworthy), there was also a strong appreciation for indigenous culture which was refreshing. Corbett is unapologetic in his love for the Vietnamese, in particular the Montagnards. The first part of the book was worth reading, but was much less interesting than the last 25% or so.
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One of the best books on the Vietnam War I have ever read
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