Over the Beach: The Air War in Vietnam

Over the Beach The Air War in Vietnam While the jet jockey competitiveness the undercurrent of fear the victories and foul ups of jet sweeps have been described many times few such chronicles have done it so grippingly and with such a
  • Title: Over the Beach: The Air War in Vietnam
  • Author: Zalin Grant
  • ISBN: 9780393327274
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the Beach: The Air War in Vietnam
    While the jet jockey competitiveness, the undercurrent of fear, the victories and foul ups of jet sweeps have been described many times, few such chronicles have done it so grippingly and with such a ring of accuracy Mr Grant explores the emotions felt not only by the men in battle but by the wives and others left behind, and the questions the war raised in their minds While the jet jockey competitiveness, the undercurrent of fear, the victories and foul ups of jet sweeps have been described many times, few such chronicles have done it so grippingly and with such a ring of accuracy Mr Grant explores the emotions felt not only by the men in battle but by the wives and others left behind, and the questions the war raised in their minds To put in larger context the war s impact on individual participants, the author periodically reviews the high level struggles over how to fight the air war What is most impressive is to find an analysis so clearly stated, so seemingly on track in locating the weak spots in the policies of various political and military officials.Written in a straightforward yet stylish prose, Over the Beach carries tremendous conviction Richard Witkin, New York Times Book Review
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  • Zalin Grant

    Zalin Grant is a journalist, author, editor and publisher Although he is an American, he has lived for many years in France, in the ancestral village of his wife, Claude Mr Grant joined the U.S Army after college, and after training as both an infantry intelligence officer, was sent to South Viet Nam After his military service, he worked as a war correspondent for Time magazine, and later for The New Republic He spent a total of five years in Indo China during the war, and has written four non fiction books and one novel about that conflict One of those books, Facing The Phoenix The CIA and the Political Defeat of the United States in Vietnam , is widely considered to be one of the best works ever written on the wars in Indo China Zalin Grant is a co founder, and serves as Editorial Director, of Pythia Press.

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  • Journalist and former Army Officer Zalin Grant completed the bulk of the research for what would become Over the Beach the Air War in Vietnam in 1971, with the conflict still ongoing The proximity to the war and the web of political, social and military issues associated with it led him to hold off writing the book for thirteen years Finally published in 1986, the end result was a blend of popular and oral history focusing on Flight Squadron 162 based on the USS Oriskany in the Gulf of Tonkin Th [...]


  • As is often the case when I find an author I like I get everything he has done This is a really well done book about the Navy flyers in action out of Yankee Station into Vietnam One of the things I like about this work is that Grant not only takes one into the minds of the pilots and the carrier crews, but he brings in the families and wives back in CONUS, waiting There are many, many good books about Vietnam, most focus on the ground forces and some on significant air battles, Grant takes it to [...]


  • Good book about 162 squadron of the USS Oriskany Gave a good idea how the pilots handled their fear in the super competitive atmosphere of a combat squadron Did a good job of covering the larger strategy and political aspects of the air war as well I didn t like how the author sometimes lapsed into telling the story from a character s point of view and then go back to reporting Recommended if you are interested in Vietnam.


  • Over the Beach The Air War in Vietnam by Zalin Grant is a brilliant close up look at the air war by a reporter who covered a fighter squadron 162 USS Oriskany During the war and in post war interviews, he brings us an honest, open and realistic feel to a complicated, dangerous and often overlooked part of the Vietnam War Excellent book.


  • Heartbreaking account of the price paid by naval aviators during the Vietnam War, this book left me sad and angry.



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