Not just the story of a man at war, "A Sniper's Journey" is also about the war within the man, because Gary Mitchell's memories of his sniper missions in Vietnam followed him home, through his 24-year Army career, and into civilian life.Not just the story of a man at war, "A Sniper's Journey" is also about the war within the man, because Gary Mitchell's memories of his sniper missions in Vietnam followed him home, through his 24-year Army career, and into civilian life.Read Less
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I thought this would be a good read but from my viewpoint it was too much bashing of our government. I realize that our government isn't perfect but it's still the best around. Yes, things happen in the military that probably shouldn't but still....this isn't what I was looking for in this book.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-11-21 A compelling, troubling story, this war memoir recounts the hellish experiences of an 18-year-old naif from Texas who volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War only to find himself transformed into a part-time sniper. Mitchell served as an infantryman and as the commander of an armored recovery vehicle for most of his 1969-1970 tour, spending most of his time in the thick of the guerrilla war. Periodically, he would be plucked from his unit by a team of anonymous intelligence operatives (perhaps members of the CIA's Phoenix Program), handed a special sharpshooter's rifle, put on a helicopter and given a mission to stalk and kill someone. For respite, he was given three weeks of temporary duty working with dead American bodies at the Danang morgue. Mitchell survived the war, but soon after coming home he began suffering from terrifying nightmares and rages that would plague him for three decades. Mitchell tells his life story with the help of journalist Hirsh (None Braver), also a Vietnam veteran. Though the later sections dealing with Mitchell's efforts to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder are bogged down with repetitive details and long quotes, the authors' recounting of Mitchell's sniper missions are absolutely riveting. (Jan. 3) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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