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Going Downtown: The War Against Hanoi and Washington

Broughton, Jack

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ISBN 10: 0517567385 / ISBN 13: 9780517567388
Published by Orion Books, New York, 1988
Condition: Fine Condition Hardcover
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No markings. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust jacket shows no wear. Dust Jacket is in mylar. All edges are clean. Dust Jacket is Unclipped. Previous owner's name ink-stamped. Includes index and B&W photos. Very clean, crisp, and tight copy. Not Ex-Library. All books offered from DSB are stocked at our store in Fayetteville, AR. Save on shipping by ordering multiple titles. 300pp. Hardcover Fine Condition Size: 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" English Text. Bookseller Inventory # 032347

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Title: Going Downtown: The War Against Hanoi and ...

Publisher: Orion Books, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine Condition

Edition: First Edition.

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The author brings forth the air war in Vietnam in all its complexity--from the hellish battles over Hanoi, to the war in Washington over the political and military realities of the conflict

From Publishers Weekly:

Broughton, a Korean War ace, flew 102 missions in Vietnam and was vice-commander of a fighter wing. His suspenseful descriptions here of air combat in both wars is unsurpassed. The emphasis is on the extraordinary restrictions imposed on American pilots in the latter conflict and how they responded. When two of his pilots inadvertently strafed a Soviet freighter in 1967, Broughton tried to shield them from official ire by destroying the gun-camera record of the event. All three pilots were charged by their commanding general with conspiracy against the U.S. government and kept in the isolation ward of the psychiatric facility at Clark airbase in the Philippines. "The whole thing was so absurd," writes Broughton, "that you had to laugh to avoid numbing bitterness." There are many laughs in this book, for its author, in common with other fighter pilots, has a guffaw-provoking way with words; but this account is foremost an indictment of civilian and military mismanagement of the air war in Vietnam by leaders who, as Wolfe puts it in the foreword, "wasted them shamefully by not letting them fight hard enough ." In the final section the author presents an outraged account of the court-martial that followed. Photos.
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