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Hardcover The Killing Zone : My Life in the Vietnam War Book

ISBN: 0393075311

ISBN13: 9780393075311

The Killing Zone : My Life in the Vietnam War

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This description may be from another edition of this product. “The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”—Army TimesAmong the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of...

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Not one for many words, but bottom line an excellent book. Well written, and gives a very clear portrayal of DOwns' unit. Men like him deserve the utmost respect. And in my eyes he was a true hero.

A harrowing personal account

This book belongs on a short list including Phillip Caputo's "A Rumor of War" and Lt. General Harold G. Moore's "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young," as one of the best first person narratives to come out of the Vietnam War. Downs was a fresh faced platoon leader who, like "Born on the Fourth of July"'s Ron Kovic, looked forward to the opportunity to prove his mettle under fire. Like Kovic, Downs came back from the war with a shattered body and a psyche that was deeply affected by what he experienced. Down's account of Vietnam is simple and straightforward. He is also an excellent writer and his book is a compulsive page turner. This is not a book that should be missed by those with an interest in America's most tragic war.

not only inspiring but exciting from =go to whoa

This book really paints a great picture a a guy who is born into service. From the start you can see how driven he is and the test he endures both to get into the various special units and once within them are truly amazing.A thoroughly enjoyable read that gives you that 'wish you where there feeling'

Eye opening account of the Vietnam War

I read this book quite some time ago, not long after I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a school function on the Vietnam War. I have been fascinated by the Vietnam War ever since meeting the author (who happened to grow up in my hometown). I found the book eye-opening and easy to read, especially for those of us who do not have a military background. I felt his platoon's pain, as well as their excitement. All in all, what this man, and thousands like him went through is something that each American should appreciate.

Exiciting reading about a real life hero!

Fred Downs worked for me when he was recovering from his wounds at Fitzsimmons General Hospital outside of Denver, Colorado. The events in the book were described by some of his friends who were there and are very accurately portrayed in the book. Fred's impact on the wounded at the hospital was almost as spectacular as his adventures in Vietnam and he was an inspiration to everyone around him. I still remember him after 35 years and I am willing to bet everyone who knew him feels the same way. Read the book and you will see why Fred is such a special person. (Someone should ask him to write about his experiences in the hospital and his adventures while he was there.)
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