This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. 1984 Knopf Publishing. This copy is crisp and clean inside. Pages are crisp, clean and free of markings. No foxing or tanning. The binding is tight and straight. Green hardcover boards w quarter cloth black spine are also very good. The dust jacket is very good, clean, still mostly shiny but there is a small tear back of dust jacket top left edge, neatly taped to prevent further damage. Medium octavo size or 6.5" x 9.5" with 349 pages. There is very light dust spotting along top edge from shelf wear but does not carry over to inside and very light.
This is a critically acclaimed book that tells the story of 5 Marines who fought together in a bloody battle in Vietnam. They barely escaped with their lives. When Joe Klein read a small newspaper article about a Vietnam vet named Gary Cooper who died in a shoot-out with police. Klein investigate further and what emerged was a moving account of the life and death of a man whose tragedy reflected painful themes in America - the anger of Vietnam vets and conflicting legacies of the Vietnam War.
Klein also realized that Cooper had won a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in a battle, an ambush called Operation Cochise on Aug. 16th 1967. He decided to find the other members of the company and learn what happened to them in the years since their return. The search was not easy but the result is a brilliant account of the lives of five veterans, five Marines who found themselves in the same dreadful place at the same time.
Joe Klein won praise with his bio of Woody Guthrie and now he tells the story of these men with sympathy, leading us to a better understanding of veterans, war and America.
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