Hearts and Minds: a classic for the top shelf next to Catch-22

World War II had Catch 22 Korea had M A S H now Vietnam has its own war classic HEARTS AND MINDS It s like no other book about Vietnam or any other war The book peels back decades of cynicism and shows us that within the young Americans we send to war there sometimes beat gentle, optimistic, hilarious hearts HEARTS AND MINDS is a fresh, amazing, and warmly comic cWorld War II had Catch 22 Korea had M A S H now Vietnam has its own war classic HEARTS AND MINDS It s like no other book about Vietnam or any other war The book peels back decades of cynicism and shows us that within the young Americans we send to war there sometimes beat gentle, optimistic, hilarious hearts HEARTS AND MINDS is a fresh, amazing, and warmly comic chronicle of the Army s undiscovered Civil Affairs soldiers, who grab their guns and roam a hostile war zone not to kill or to destroy but to build, to feed and to heal Unprepared, uncertain and na ve, they find it impossible to make the people fall in love with them But it s a thrill to watch them try In Vietnam, winning reluctant hearts and minds was the special mission we gave to those few bewildered young Civil Affairs soldiers, who couldn t speak the native language, didn t know the native customs, couldn t tell their friends from their enemies and in this based on fact, affectionately comic novel don t know why they aren t safely back in graduate school instead of risking their lives spraying peanut plants, inoculating pigs, and cluelessly shipping their miracle rice seed to the grateful enemy up North HEARTS AND MINDS is a big book full of quiet moments, soaring emotions, unconventional romance, stark reality and rollicking fantasy A chapter can start absurd and end with heartache A page or two of simple jokes can ignite profound revelations about the nature of the war Gentle humor exquisitely whispered can sometimes carry weight than the loudest, sharpest satire THE BOOK WILL SURPRISE YOU The plausible absurdity of Catch 22 The repertory comedy of M A S H Patriotic, sarcastic but sublime A tender non traditional romance A love letter to a cheated generation An antidote to the usual cynicism AMONG THE UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS Guy Lopaca, an Army trained interpreter who can barely say I can t speak Vietnamese in Vietnamese, but has no trouble chatting with stray dogs and water buffalo Virgin Mary Crocker, a pragmatic Army officer nurse who earns a fortune spending nights with homesick soldiers, while yearning for the unwavering boy across the table Paul Gianelli, a heroic builder of medical clinics who doesn t want to be remembered badly after he leaves, so he never goes home Tyler DeMudge, whose cure for every problem is a chilly martini, a patch of shade, and treating every terrible event in life as good training for enduring it again And there s Arthur Grissom, whose loneliness and heartache are insurmountable, until he looks into a pair of Martian eyes HEARTS AND MINDS is what the war itself was to those who served there as funny as we could make it, considering the tragedy that surrounded us The book isn t really about war it s about the lovable, abandoned generation that The Greatest Generation sent to war It s about love and laughter, fear and courage, pride and guilt and sacrifice and devotion to each other Smile and chuckle all you want Soldiers in Vietnam were funny as hell, and laughed a lot so long as their luck held Some vets still recall reasons to smile when they hear the word Vietnam That generation took their joy to Vietnam, and they had a right to bring it back with them While reading HEARTS AND MINDS you ll be able to smile and chuckle too, as the tears are drying.
Hearts and Minds a classic for the top shelf next to Catch World War II had Catch Korea had M A S H now Vietnam has its own war classic HEARTS AND MINDS It s like no other book about Vietnam or any other war The book peels back decades of cynicism and show

  • Title: Hearts and Minds: a classic for the top shelf next to Catch-22
  • Author: Richard Galli
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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