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On his first combat assignment, Cornett accompanied the Vietnamese Rangers on a search-and-destroy mission near Khe Sang. There he gained entree into a culture that he would ultimately respect greatly and admire deeply. Cornett's most challenging military duty began when he joined the Phoenix Program. As part of AK squad, he dressed in enemy uniform and roamed the deadly Central Highlands, capturing high-ranking VC officers in hot firefights and ambushes. It was there, deep in enemy territory, where the smallest mistake meant sudden death, that the Vietnamese fighting men earned his utmost respect.

While offering rare glimpses of an aspect of the war most of the military and media never saw, Cornett tells the full, gut-wrenching story of his Vietnam. He also gives an unsparing view of himself - telling a no-holds-barred story of an American soldier who made sacrifices far beyond the call of duty . . . a soldier who, in defiance of the U.S. government, refused to turn his back on the Vietnamese.

From the Paperback edition.

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Gone Native
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3.4 / 5
Good enough for a re-read
September 15th, 2015
I read this book early in my Vietnam war frenzy then after reading many others I thought of reading it again and I'm glad I did. His honesty about his personal experience and his attempts to bring the reader closer to his relationship with the people of Vietnam and his own sanity are refreshing after all the canned Vietnam auto biographies. Sure his writing is unpolished but the message is there. A satisfying read.
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Gone native
July 22nd, 2014
Entertaining. Things sure were different back then
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Gone native
February 24th, 2014
Enjoyed book, made me think on so many levels
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