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Nam Au Go Go Paperback – 1 Mar 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vineyard Press (1 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930067380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930067387
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,155,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a no-frills factual account of the grim Vietnam War Odyssey of a US Marine, John Akins. He’s swiftly hurled into a nightmarishly stressful world of small unit combat – unbroken months of unpredictable booby-traps, snipers, ambush and counter-attack in rugged jungle. Morale and comradeship are rock-bottom from the start. As Akins comments, it’s ironic that the only time in his life he’s been mugged is by fellow Marines during a combat operation. And, in this jungle, soldier / soldier hatreds can quickly lead to easily hidden murder. The system sends Akins to hell, but then he overcomes its horrors by becoming one of the devils himself. Emotionally flooded by too many monstrous experiences, he loses all fear of death and starts to relish fighting and killing and chancing his life. He ends up hungry for fighting and lost without the dramas of jungle war. On rare breaks from the jungle he sees that there’s now something about him which terrifies other people. Military police follow him around on base. Civilians cross the road. His own mother fails to recognise him. He’s every officer’s worst nightmare for he combines fearlessness and military prowess with extreme defiance of authority figures - whom he blames for what he’s been turned into. Back in US, peace is impossible for him. The nearest he gets to it is as a lone welder on very high buildings, instant death nicely on hand. Compulsively defiant towards other people, he repeatedly sabotages his job prospects and relationships with women. How fortunate that he did at long last get some sort of therapeutic help. Because much that he writes makes him sound as though at one time at risk of perpetrating one of those random public gun massacres so common in the United States.Read more ›
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This is a raw, open , gut-wrenching, account of 13 mths in the frontline by a marine private in the vietnam war. It really hammers home how the private infantry soldiers were mere cannon fodder and were pushed forward like lambs to the slaughter, and were so expendable by the U.S authorities.
I've read many accounts of the war, this one tells in detail not only of the battle experiences but also the psychological difficulties of living in the aftermath of war for years afterwards and how it affects these brave men.
John Akins the author spent almost his entire tour living in the jungle, seeking and engaging the enemy where he and his fellow marines became almost animal-like in their instincts and behaviour. fascinating stuff and told in an easy engaging style that never wavers throughout the book.
I found this account to be much more believable than some others, told with an honesty and integrity that should be mandatory for all similar authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, powerful 19 Dec. 2007
By New Mexico - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is an amazingly powerful account of the personal hell that so many "surviving" Vietnam Vets went through. It's not an easy read, in fact it's disturbing. But we should all be disturbed about what went on over there, and what still goes on today "in our name." Get this book and read it. Then share it with as many people as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting read 8 April 2005
By bookclub reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
The generation that experienced and lived the protests, can now experience the reason why. Riveting read about one man's experience in Vietnam, the chaos of war & the chaos of the military mentality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm talking to you, marine. 22 Dec. 2010
By Chuck Swindell - Published on
Format: Paperback
I feel that the author has gone deep into a hell of some kind. I feel that he may have had concourse with djinni of an Asian nature. I feel that he may need our prayers to find his way back. That said, I found the graphic sex and violence excited me. I give this book two big thumbs.
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