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  • Mass Market Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star Books; Reissue edition (27 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743483243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483247
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Veterans News" A stunning account of war....Like Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front", "The Proud Bastards" is timeless.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2006
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I've read probably more Vietnam memoirs than is healthy just lately and this one was perhaps the most enjoyable. The best thing about Helm's memoir is its sheer honesty and simplicity. It is a very personal account, told almost exclusively as an inner dialogue which is what gives it its great pathos and energy and makes it so engaging - even endearing. There is no great philosophy or soul searching in this book. It doesn't come across as a particularly cathartic process for the author, he doesn't stop to question the concept of war nor to muse on its tragic ironies and injustices. He does not dwell long on the fate of his comrades nor pause to consider the war from the point of view of his adversaries. There is no reflective postscript or epilogue.

What Helms does is give a detailed, often humorous and always discontented memoir of his journey through the US marine recruiting Depot at Parris Island and then his experiences as a 'grunt' in the field. He's a disgruntled grunt, going along with the entire venture with a grim resignation that he's in the Marines, he's in Vietnam, he'll probably get killed and there's nothing he can do about so he may as well just get on with it because, whatever thoughts he might have about the war and his personal situation, they ain't going to count for anything. Indeed, almost as a coping mechanism, he seems to delight in playing the role of the grumpy cynic - everything is summarized and dismissed with '....my ass', and, as far as he's concerned, just about everybody can shove just about everything 'up their ass'.

He writes more or less exactly what he hears inside his head as he's talking to himself and that way gives a great insight into the daily concerns, morbid fears and petty peeves that occupy 99.9% of his thoughts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Lings on 18 May 2010
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I have always had a deepened interest in the Vietnam war and this book certainly made it deeper. I found it a truly facinating read following the tour of Michael Helms from his intake until his untimely departure. The torment of LP's and endless nights sleep must have been hell for those young men, and I struggle to imagine what really kept them going during such times. The only thing I would like to know is how he adjusted back in the world, as well as the endless others who made the 'wake up' or returned back to the world through injury. Brilliant read

"way to go mikey"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hamann on 26 Oct 2011
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This is--in my opinion--among the best Vietnam War accounts available. What I most enjoyed was the style in which it was written: Helms writes in paragraphs, sentences and sometimes utterances exactly what he felt. His emotions were related very well, and I was able to empathise because of this. Furthermore, Helms didn't put on some machismo facade...when he was afraid, he writes as much. It doesn't read like some other Vietnam accounts that are full of blind patriotism and "special forces super-men"; Helms is simply human.

I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Thompson on 21 Dec 2013
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This book was hard to put down. I've read many military memoirs and this is up there with the best.

The author was honest enough to admit he started out as a 'Gung-Ho' marine hell bent on doing his bit whilst he was a Parris Island recruit, but gradually the fear and horror of Vietnam wore him down, until just surviving was his only aim. Much of the text is laden in Marine speak, or jargon, which at times adds humour, but also makes you identify with the author, his colleagues and the environment, it almost personalises the experience. You can picture the grunts sat around a fox-hole laughing or lying on an ambush, scared and cold.

This strikes me as a brutally honest memoir and I felt that this was written by a man who was struggling to adjust back into to 'the world' after his tour. I guess writing this book was aimed at helping him adjust back....................I sure hope it did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Daniel King on 19 Mar 2013
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If you fancy a Vietnam war read start with this book the detail and style of writing is a feast for the minds eye this guy really puts you in this hellish war .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PAM999 on 4 Nov 2012
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Don't be put off by the tiitle or the prose he writes in. It's a great book and I loved it. The Boot camp training is one of the best and at times funny. Michael is a grunt in the bush and describes it as so. The book flows and it one of the few 'nam books I had difficulty putting down. Most soldiers make it home in one piece, Michael, describes his ending and I felt felt I was there. Well done good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Blake on 16 Feb 2010
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I was almost there. I am from the generation that would have been there if I was in a different country. Let's not forget these heroes. The story tells it like it was.
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Again a book portraying the soldier in combat the brutality and pointless waste of human lives in war whether it be soldier or civilian it shows the cruelty the fears and the brutality of what war and killing can do to men how it turns them from being human to killers to survive again a great book truthfully and we'll document accounts
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