Shadows of Saigon is the story of Grady Cordeaux, a 68-year-old loner, Louisiana farmer and Vietnam veteran, who suffers a heart attack. Under heavy sedation he relives his senior year in high school (1970), his first girlfriend, and the incidents that forced him into the Army. He relives the trauma, combat, and anxiety he suffered in Vietnam. Most importantly, he relives the love between him and Tien, the daughter of the most prominent businessmen in Southeast Asia. They shared the deepest love, marriage, and a son at the cost of losing her family. In a final attempt to reconcile with her parents they go to her family's restaurant when a VC bomb explodes. In a strange twist of fate, a Dr. Wellington, of Vietnamese ancestry, sees the photograph of Tien on Grady's nightstand in the hospital. Wellington challenges Grady about the photo. Can Dr. Wellington help Grady finally let go of the Shadows of Saigon?
Shadows of Saigon is a work of fiction based upon real people and factual events during the Vietnam War. The book covers the time period from the American Invasion of Cambodia in May 1970 to May 1971 when Vietnamization and U. S. troop withdrawals are well underway. During this time, the Vietnam War takes a major swing westward into the neighboring country of Cambodia. Shadows of Saigon is a compelling story of a young man who for various reasons leaves his chosen profession and the woman he loves to volunteer for service in the U. S. Air Force. The setting of the story revolves around Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam. Former teacher, Lieutenant Paul Knight is fresh from officer's school and pilot training in Texas. He volunteers for Air Commando duty in the AC-119 Shadow gunship. Reporting for duty with the 17th Special Operations Squadron in Vietnam, he is assigned to Fighting C Flight at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon. It is not long after American ground troops are withdrawn from Cambodia that Charlie Flight with its five fixed-wing gunships is assigned the task of providing twenty-four hour air support for the Cambodian Army. Flying antiquated, propeller-driven transport planes converted to attack-gunships, the Air Commandos are designated with the radio call sign "Shadow". The Shadows are accustomed to hiding in the darkness of night on combat missions, but now they must also operate during the day. The big black warplane becomes a most inviting target for enemy gunners as it flies low and slow to encircle the enemy with four side-firing Gatling guns that rain death. Knight and his fellow Air Commandos deal with the increased dangers of flying missions eye-to-eye with the enemy in broad daylight. Knight's chances of surviving his twelve-month tour of duty in Southeast Asia lessen with each combat mission. He soon learns that the gunship he pilots is not always reliable and that the monsoon season creates extremely hazardous combat flying conditions. No larger than the State of Missouri, Cambodia is a hotbed for U. S. air operations. Twenty-four hours a day, Shadow gunships from Saigon rotate every four hours to provide continual close fire support for the Cambodians. From the provincial capitals of Prey Veng, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and the ancient ruins of Angkor to the nation's capital city of Phnom Penh and the nation's major seaport at Kompong Som, Shadows of Saigon are hell-bent to provide uninterrupted direct air support for the newly formed Republic of Cambodia. Knight's world of war ranges from sheer boredom to stark terror. It constantly transitions back and forth between the relatively safe sanctum of Tan Son Nhut and the dangerous combat environment over hostile enemy territory in Cambodia and Laos. Laying his life on the line for an unpopular and seemingly never-ending war, Knight struggles with his convictions that motivated him to volunteer for service. He wrestles with fears of getting killed or captured. With the enticement of Saigon just outside the gates of Tan Son Nhut, Knight takes advantage of the city to escape the rigors of war. Knight meets and eventually falls in love with a Eurasian war correspondent from Paris. She hates the Americans and what they have done to Vietnam. Three of Knight's pilot training buddies are also stationed in Vietnam. Their paths cross frequently as they too face the realities of war and the possibility of never returning home alive. Killer Dameron pilots AC-119G Shadow gunships along with Knight at Tan Son Nhut. He rejects his past life to become a renegade obsessed with killing the enemy. Joseph Eric Thomas, better known as JET, flies AC-119K Stinger gunships that carry much greater firepower than its sister-ship, Shadow. Youngblood is stationed at Phan Rang where he flies F-100 fighter/bombe
It’s every motorcyclist’s dream. A friend or acquaintance says, “You know, there’s an old bike that’s been sitting in this garage for years.” The hunt is on. And rather than the usual worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, at the back of that barn you find a genuine classic, the motorcycle collector’s dream. The Vincent in the Barn tells forty such stories--tales of motorcycle hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents abandoned in sheds, Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s fantasies. The only difference? They’re true. See Tom Cotter, author of Motorbooks “In the Barn” series, interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-the-hemi-in-the-barn/1237422/
In this memoir, set as deeply in his mind as in the Southeast Asian jungle, a young American soldier embarks on a journey to a war that, for him, will never be over. The world was a playground for Mickey, a naive Irish American kid bored with his life. His father served in World War II, his brother was a Marine in Vietnam; now it was his turn. His 365 days in the hell that was Vietnam builds in torment until an attack on a bunker complex in Cambodia. Wounded, his friend captured, he becomes a tormented survivor knowing he is always just a heartbeat from death. His adventure-turned-nightmare brings a visceral understanding of the words penned by Thoreau, the very same words Mickey's father spoke throughout Mickey's youth: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation," especially those at war. This memoir chronicles the key perspective-shaping experiences of a U.S. Army grunt fighting in Vietnam.
World War II commando, Cold War spy, and CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. A quintessential member of the greatest generation, Colby embodied the moral and strategic ambiguities of the postwar world, and first confronted many of the dilemmas about power and secrecy that America still grapples with today. In Shadow Warrior, eminent historian Randall B. Woods presents a riveting biography of Colby, revealing that this crusader for global democracy was also drawn to the darker side of American power. Aiming to help reverse the spread of totalitarianism in Europe and Asia, Colby joined the U.S. Army in 1941, just as America entered World War II. He served with distinction in France and Norway, and at the end of the war transitioned into America's first peacetime intelligence agency: the CIA. Fresh from the fight against fascism, Colby zealously redirected his efforts against international communism. He insisted on the importance of fighting communism on the ground, doggedly applying guerilla tactics for counterinsurgency, sabotage, surveillance, and information-gathering on the new battlefields of the Cold War. Over time, these strategies became increasingly ruthless; as head of the CIA's Far East Division, Colby oversaw an endless succession of assassination attempts, coups, secret wars in Laos and Cambodia, and the Phoenix Program, in which 20,000 civilian supporters of the Vietcong were killed. Colby ultimately came clean about many of the CIA's illegal activities, making public a set of internal reports -- known as the "family jewels" -- that haunt the agency to this day. Ostracized from the intelligence community, he died under suspicious circumstances -- a murky ending to a life lived in the shadows. Drawing on multiple new sources, including interviews with members of Colby's family, Woods has crafted a gripping biography of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the twentieth century.
The imaginative literature of the Vietnam War participates-both overtly and covertly-in a struggle for national memory. First-generation Vietnam War literature, focusing on representations of combat and life in the battlefield, strove to give testimony, to write history. Later writings, in their range of genre and style, investigate and interrogate the very meaning of war. To reflect these two stages, Philip Jason divides his newest book of literary criticism into two sections: 'acts' and 'shadows.' In 'Acts, ' Jason provides formal and cultural readings of combat narratives-by such authors as James Webb, Larry Heinemann, and Joe Haldeman-and explores the meaning of 'authenticity' as applied to Vietnam War texts. 'Shadows' looks both forward and backward from the combat zone, challenging the parameters of what we define as 'Vietnam War literature.
Compellingly addressing long-standing questions of whether the White House had become isolated from public opinion and whether Johnson was hardened to the voices raised against the war, Vandiver shows the president as a man who agonized, raged, and grew in response to crises in Vietnam and at home.
In 1950, Tony Bettellini is seven years old when his haunting beautiful mother, Clothilde, becomes the mistress of a powerful Harlem drug lord, Royston Carter, to escape a life of prostitution on the streets. Tony harbors deep inside him hidden terrors stemming from his early childhood. As the only white boy in a poor Negro gang, Tony experiences the colorful streets of Harlem for five years. However he despises the enigmatic Royston and runs away at the age of twelve, hanging around Times Square, where he struggles to survive, but develops his passion for acting. In 1967, Tony, a handsome, young Irish-Italian, is outwardly warm, funny and happy-go-lucky. He works in a famous old restaurant in Times Square, which attracts movie and Broadway stars, showgirls and celebrities. Unable to afford decent accommodation, he lives in a slum tenement on the Lower East Side, His best friends are long- haired Sonny Gracia, a Vietnam vet and anti-war activist, who lost a lower leg and his Vietnamese sweetheart while serving in the war, and a cute, feisty, seven-year-old Negro boy, Billy, who is a street child. Tony is having a tumultuous affair with glamorous, international model and heiress, Veronica Idlewilde, when he falls madly in love with a beautiful blond girl from Virginia, Shenandoah Buchanan. Sonny, too, falls hopelessly in love - but with his best friend’s girl! Terrible things to start to happen, which culminate in Tony being arrested for a brutal murder of a drug dealer. In the sensational trial that follows, the ruthless District Attorney for Manhattan, John Sirilli, is pushing for the death penalty.... Set in the 1950s and the radical upheaval of the 1960s, Haunted by Shadows, is another unforgettable epic novel by the author Brenda George!
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