Non-Fiction, History & Politics
Paperback Published on: 24/08/1984
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This isn't an easy read, at times it is quite harrowing but it is nevertheless very interesting. Mason vividly recalls his time as a helicopter pilot durin... READ MORE
Lucy OConnor Walton on Thames


A stunning book about the right stuff in the wrong war. As a child, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a young man, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. Army gave him his chance. They sent him to Vietnam where, between August 1965 and July 1966, he flew more than 1,000 assault missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason gives us a devastating bird's eye-view of that war in all its horror, as he experiences the accelerating terror, the increasingly desperate courage of a man 'acting out the role of a hero long after he realises that the conduct of the war is insane,' says the New York Times, 'And we can't stop ourselves from identifying with it.' "I read this as a young pilot about to embark on a career flying military helicopters. It should have put me off for life. Robert Mason tells a gripping account of the relentless courage and heroism amidst the insanity of the Vietnam war." - Tim Peake

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552124195
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 273g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 24 mm

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Slick writing
Read this way back in 1984 when it was first published - it was so good that I can remembr it now 20 plus years later. If your interest is "US and "Nam" th... READ MORE
Sunny Sheffield
An incredible true story
It's been many years since I read this book by Robert Mason but it is so memorable. From his dream of flying, particularly helicopters, through his trainin... READ MORE
David Rose
Read it, reading it and will read it again
40 years on from when I first read Chickenhawk it is is still an absorbing read on the one machine everyone associates with the Vietnam War, the men who fl... READ MORE