The reality of this book is depressing. Depressing because once again we have failed to learn from our history. The story of a young man and the country that sent him into harm’s way with inadequate tools and superiors has been repeated ad nauseum for centuries. Old men send young men to fight battles they are too infirm to fight and too greedy to ignore. Author Halliday was fortunate to survive a maelstrom that ground up 58,000 of his peers. His experiences in dealing with the entrenched “Desktops” and the ennui of entrenched bureaucrats was many times hard to read.
I suspect that to truly appreciate the book, I would need to be a pilot and veteran and I am neither. I do know that friends who endured
Vietnam were forever changed. This book sadly reinforced some of the
stories that I heard from un-diagnosed PTSD friends.
It is a book worth reading and hopefully, at some point, we will start to learn our history and stop repeating it.
I recommend the book.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.