I, like most, was a big fan of the MASH TV series, and having had a bit of a review of it, decided to see what reading there was out there and came across this.
It is a true perspective of a MASH surgeon, and I for one found it unputdownable, and found myself realising both how alike and how different this book and the series were.
Apel worked as a consultant on the TV series, which I guess is where a lot of the comparisons come from, but I would recommend it as a stand alone book in it's own right - and it certainly shows that not all the time in the MASH was fun and games!
absolutely brilliant book. i don't read a lot of non-fiction but i have been a huge fan of the TV series ( and later the film ) M*A*S*H ( which, please note, this book has absolutely nothing to do with ) and i have visited South Korea so i decided to give this book a go. a superb read from the opening paragraph, which is one of the best openings to a book i have ever read, fiction or non-fiction. the narrative was well paced and sufficiently detailed without being too technical to easily digest and the accompanying photographs just added to the whole. it was truly enlightening to read about what the conditions were actually like in the MASH units and the truth behind the military and surgical politics and administrative red-tape at the time. i would recommend this book to anyone who has more than a passing interest in the M*A*SH film / TV series, 20th century warfare or surgical history o even just enjoys a good informative read.