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Dog Soldiers, a novel

Stone, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0395184819 / ISBN 13: 9780395184813
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company., 1974
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Bronze brown cloth over boards. Black stamped titles. 342 p. Fiction exploring the dark side of the American Dream. Each character is a renegade, but none truly escapes. Robert Stone's 2nd novel. "A Hall of Mirrors" came first and praise decorates the DJ back about his first. This volume: winner, National Book Award; basis for the 1978 film, "Who'll Stop the Rain". Themes of drug abuse, cocaine, friendship. Very good in very good dust jacket. Bright, tight, and clean. Rear red endpaper has a patch where something had been pasted and removed. First edition. 1st printing 'V', stated. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.0004514

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Title: Dog Soldiers, a novel

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hard cover

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In Saigon during the last stages of the Vietnam war, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go badly wrong for him.

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Like Michael Herr's Dispatches, Robert Stone's National Book Award-winning novel Dog Soldiers trades on a hallucinatory vision of Vietnam as a place in which all honor and morality are ceded to the mere business of survival -- and, better, survival with personal profit. "This is the place where everybody finds out who they are," says the novel's protagonist, the journalist Converse, to which his friend and partner in crime Ray Hicks replies, "What a bummer for the gooks." Converse convinces Hicks to smuggle a shipment of heroin back to the United States, renegade CIA agents pop up, and all hell breaks loose in this beautifully written, dark study of the soul in anguish.

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