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Hardly A Hero

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by: Michael Young
Books with a 5 star rating  (3)
Publication Date: December 30, 2011
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 249
Binding: Perfect Bound
ISBN: 9780983965312
$19.95

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Book Synopsis
A young man leaves home to join the military and struggles to adjust to his new life. The reader follows him as he enters the Air Force and then to his first duty station at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne Wyoming. He arrives in the dead of winter. He is convinced by others that the only way to escape the hard winters at F.E. Warren is to volunteer forover seas duty. Soon he is sent overseas to the foreign war. Vietnam opens a whole new world to him and he researches the war and the history that led to it. He becomes torn between duty and what he belives to be the right thing to do.
Customer Comments
sherree embernate
Posted: July 8, 2012
Customer comment 0 star rating
The author tells an incredibly poignant and coming of age story about his personal journey to hell and back. So many young people were torn between duty to country and what the Viet Name war was actually about. I'm sure this author grew up with the rest of the young men and women who cheered during Audie Murphy war movies and the ticker tape parades that the young heros came home to. Can any of us who weren't there even begin to understand what their reentry to the United States was like as they got off the planes only to have old friends who did not serve call them horrific names like "baby killers". I admire this young man's fortitude and personal dedication to understand what was happening over sears while trying to be true to himeself and his country. You will shde some tears while reading this book but it is worth it as you see the author comes to terms with his reality. Great story
sherree embernate
Posted: July 8, 2012
Customer comment 5 star rating
The author tells an incredibly poignant and coming of age story about his personal journey to hell and back. So many young people were torn between duty to country and what the Viet Name war was actually about. I'm sure this author grew up with the rest of the young men and women who cheered during Audie Murphy war movies and the ticker tape parades that the young heros came home to. Can any of us who weren't there even begin to understand what their reentry to the United States was like as they got off the planes only to have old friends who did not serve call them horrific names like "baby killers". I admire this young man's fortitude and personal dedication to understand what was happening over sears while trying to be true to himeself and his country. You will shde some tears while reading this book but it is worth it as you see the author comes to terms with his reality. Great story
Magdalena Gallegos
Posted: August 1, 2012
Customer comment 5 star rating
Hardly a Hero is a true story about a young man's journey into manhood. Wanting to spread his wings and fly out of the family nest, he joins the military and ends up in Vietnam, fighting a war he soon realizes he does not understand and doesn't know what he's fighting for. He does some research on his own about the war and gets his answers.In 1950, poor judgement by our leadership led the U.S. to back the wrong country. The theory was that if we didn't stop the spread of communism in Vietnam, Communism would end up in our back yard. Good reading for those who never understood why we were fighting in Vietnam. After some near death experiences and destruction of a country and it's people and too many deaths of the U.S. Military, he loses all respect for the war. With the help from his parents and California senator and representative, he gets an early release from the military. M. Gallegos
About The Author
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Michael Thomas Young is an American story teller. He enjoys writing about the American West but has also written Political Satire and Biographical stories.
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