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4.0 out of 5 stars Tour of Duty
Gary Cowart gives us here his memoir of the Vietnam War. There are slightly than above average typos here, and there are areas which personally I would have liked a bit more information, but this is still a really good, and interesting read.

Lets face it, there are loads of such books as these for all different wars put out on the market, some of these you...
Published on 5 April 2012 by M. Dowden

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2.0 out of 5 stars no follow on and in reality a pretty frustrating book to read
Doesn't really get you into the action, the majority of the book is about training and being out of the actual battles. At the end it starts to warm up with descriptions of combat and so on. He only seems to go into 'battle mode' 3/4 of the way through his book. Gets wounded in first battle description and then just a short hazy drug introduced ending in a hospital, no...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tour of Duty, 5 April 2012
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M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Gary Cowart gives us here his memoir of the Vietnam War. There are slightly than above average typos here, and there are areas which personally I would have liked a bit more information, but this is still a really good, and interesting read.

Lets face it, there are loads of such books as these for all different wars put out on the market, some of these you just know are a bit too liberal with the truth, whereas this one reads authentically. Not the best written book ever, but perhaps that is better as you get just how the author felt. Cowart wasn't someone who wanted to go off to war, indeed he did try to get his draft deferred, as did many others. Inevitably, in his case he did have to go to Vietnam, whilst others managed to stay out of the conflict.

As a teen boy he didn't really know much about the war, why this conflict so many miles away should involve the US, indeed as so many others thought. As he points out here, going to the Marine base was even the first time he had been on a plane, which was probably typical of many others. Giving us a short description on his training, we then follow him to Vietnam. Cowart was in the Marines, and he was deployed in the artillery section, he wasn't a gun-loader he was one of those people who did the calculations for the firing.

His story is interesting and gives us an insight into what most teenagers sent off to war at that time must have felt. He admits when he was scared, when he was angry, etc. His hopes of being in a relatively quiet and safe place were dashed though, as he was near the front and under constant barrage, having to do advance look-out as well as other duties.

This book is full of photos from his tour of duty in Vietnam, and it has to be admitted, that at times his writing does border on the brilliant. There are some scenes in this book that are dramatic and unforgettable. Admittedly, in this country, as we weren't involved as such in this war there will be limited interest in this, but if you are interested in wars and people's experiences of such, then you may want to add this to your collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars no follow on and in reality a pretty frustrating book to read, 16 Jan. 2015
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Doesn't really get you into the action, the majority of the book is about training and being out of the actual battles. At the end it starts to warm up with descriptions of combat and so on. He only seems to go into 'battle mode' 3/4 of the way through his book. Gets wounded in first battle description and then just a short hazy drug introduced ending in a hospital, no follow on and in reality a pretty frustrating book to read. Still have respect for what the guy did but this book is a rather disappointing read rather short as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars vietnam, 14 Jan. 2014
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a well written story of one mans life in a war torn country, he described his feelings and fears well
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reading review, 30 Mar. 2013
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Not a bad read, flowed quite well and was quite well written. Nice to see some insight into the narrators life too and what made him who he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 19 Mar. 2013
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very good story again I found this book riveting ThanksI think it must have been both terriffying and exiting in the situation out there
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood on red dirt, 24 Feb. 2013
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Overall this was good book . It did gave the Reader a short insight into the war. And how he controlled his fears whilst in battle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting account of serving in a war that came about because of political ideals and the fear of spreading communism., 10 Feb. 2013
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A realistic account of fighting in a war that almost all who were involved (politicians well as military) had no realistic hope of winning. This is illustrated in the reflections of the author from time to time in the book. If you are interested in people rather than just military events this is worth e read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read, 14 Jan. 2013
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an informative and brilliant book,if your in to true story's this book will keep you right till the last page and more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 1 Jan. 2013
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Very good historical and plenty of facts
In-depth view of the a normal students path in life and how he likes as t his youth to war!
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