Taking Fire - Ron Alexander & Charles W. Sasser

Taking Fire

By Ron Alexander & Charles W. Sasser

  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 44 Ratings

Description

Nicknamed "Mini-Man" for his diminutive stature, a mere five-foot-three and 125 pounds in his flight boots, chopper pilot Ron Alexander proved to be a giant in the eyes of the men he rescued from the jungles and paddies of Vietnam. With an unswerving concern for every American soldier trapped by enemy fire, and a fearlessness that became legendary, Ron Alexander earned enough official praise to become the second most decorated helicopter pilot of the Vietnam era. Yet, for Ron, the real reward came from plucking his fellow soldiers from harm's way, giving them another chance to get home alive.

In Taking Fire, Alexander and acclaimed military writer Charles Sasser transport you right into the cramped cockpit of a Huey on patrol, offering a bird's eye view of the Vietnam conflict. Packed with riveting action and gritty "you-are-there" dialogue, this outstanding book celebrates the everyday heroism of the chopper pilots of Vietnam.

Reviews

  • Taking Fire

    5
    By lbrazzel
    I've read a ton of war books and this was the best book I've ever read. It's a real page turner. A lot of nights I couldn't go to sleep without finding out what happened on the mission they were on. I'm grateful for such a great American account of our brave men who fought so valiantly for us. Thank you.
  • Taking Fire

    4
    By Taking fore
    Well done and factual account.......there is more then luck and or"charm" involved here. The ability to freeze function and pure skill, I suspect are the reasons Captain Alexader survived unscathed .
  • Worth reading

    5
    By Bradford Roueche
    A different angle and approach. The author gives an honest and believable account of his experiences.