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Once a warrior king : memories of an officer in Vietnam

Author: David Donovan
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1986, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From Books Back Cover: In the spring of 1969, first Lieutenant David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to work as military advisor with village chiefs and local militia to win the war. But as he was the highest-ranking person in the entire district, his life there was far more complex than anyone could have imagined. This is Donavan's gripping account of combat missions and night ambushes in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Personal narratives
Biography
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: David Donovan; David Donovan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Donovan
ISBN: 0345333160 9780345333162
OCLC Number: 14115528
Description: viii, 339 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Preface --
Prologue: Incident in Don Tien, 1969 --
Part 1: Beginnings --
Part 2: Kingdom --
Part 3: Endings --
Glossary.
Responsibility: David Donovan.

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From Books Back Cover: In the spring of 1969, first Lieutenant David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to work as military advisor with village chiefs and local militia to win the war. But as he was the highest-ranking person in the entire district, his life there was far more complex than anyone could have imagined. This is Donavan's gripping account of combat missions and night ambushes in the swamps and jungles of the Delta. His heartrending tale of personal involvement with the culture and families in his charge, his humane introspection on his awesome responsibility as both warrior and king, his stark reflections on the changes he saw in himself and his country upon his return to the US. Donovan's memoir provides valuable documentation on a relatively obscure part of the American military effort. It describes how the war really worked on the front line of "Vietnamization", the training of local militia. His reflections on his own use of power raise serious and important questions about the American experience in Vietnam.

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