Published: January 1984
"As a child, Robert Mason dreamed of livitating. As a young man, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the US 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 it's horror, as he experiences the accelerating terror, the increasingly desparate courage of a man 'acting out the roles 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 identifying with it.'"