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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (2 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345444914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345444912
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Gregory Moss - Published on Amazon.com
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Bill Goshen served with Company F, 52nd Infantry (LRP)/I Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger) for the Big Red One. It's a miracle this guy is still alive. Grievously wounded in early 1969, Bill spent many months in hospital recovering from wounds. At Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, Goshen was awarded the silver star. Others weren't so lucky, like Sp4 Bob Law, who threw his body on an enemy grenade to save his comrades-in-arms. There's plenty of action here, but more significant is how Goshen views the war from the grunt's perspective. Why did our political leaders throw the best of the baby-boom generation into a war in which the enemy was awarded sanctuary bases from which he could attack and to which he could retreat, lick his wounds, and return to fight again? Goshen's anger toward ticket-punching Army higher-ups and the Johnson Administration's ineptitude and disregard for the American soldier serves as biting subtext to Bill's well-written LRRP memoir. By the way, Bill's Postscript is the shortest but most beautiful chapter in the book.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fellow LRP 22 Nov. 2001
By L. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Bill Goshen's new book, War Paint, is well written and comes from the heart. Though I served in Co.F/52nd Inf(LRP) and had DEROS'd before he arrived, I served with and knew many of the men in the stories and have since met others at our unit reunions. I would have proudly served with him as well. Bill does a great job of describing LRP/Ranger tactics, vividly recreates events in which he and others participated, and well describes both the best kind of patrols, and those that went badly. His book also shows how well teams fared when they received great support (which was usually) as well as how lonely 5-6 LRPs/Rangers could be when left entirely without adequate support. In either case, they "carried on with mission". War Paint is an even-handed presentation of the day-to-day lives of our teams, without being macho or macabre. It also depicts the post-war struggles which he has overcome. A good read for those who also enjoyed Gary Linderer's books and the other great LRRP/LRP/Ranger memoirs that have appeared over the past 15 years.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A real story from a real American Hero 7 Jun. 2010
By joe bucknutts - Published on Amazon.com
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A great read. Makes you feel you are member of the team.
Bill Goshen was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his
action while in Viet Nam and was lucky survive the wounds
he sustained. Many books have been written about our troops
in Viet Nam but none make you feel like your feet are in a
soldiers boots like War Paint. The book should be made into
a movie.....it is that good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Vietnam Memoir 10 May 2012
By August Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a very enjoyable read for those interested in Vietnam and military history in general. The author minces few words in his description of the dangers and hardships endured by himself and his fellow special forces /LRP personel. This is one of those books that keeps the reader interested from the first page until the last. The author does not spend too much time describing logistical details that would not be important to the non-vet reader, yet gives the reader the full spectrum of what it feels like and tastes and smells like to be in country and in combat. I have found that small mass market paperbacks like this one by Bill Goshen are by far the best way to learn about and understand the Vietnam war. Most of the so called academic books on the subject are written by people who were far from the front or who enjoy gloating in the tragic end of the war becuase they harbor sympathy for the Communist enemy. Brave men like Goshen deserve to be the ones to tell the history of the war and theirs should be the last word on the subject.
In summary, I recommend this book becuase of its intensity and honesty and becuase of the authors unvarnished recollections of his part in the war.Similar to the classic war autobiograpy "With the Old Breed" in its lack of false bravado and in clear recollections by the author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rangers lead the way 29 April 2014
By Tomw - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting memoir of LRRP's in Vietnam. "The Ghosts of the Highlands", however, is a much more readable account of LRRP Operations.
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