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By Duty Bound: Survival and Redemption in a Time of War

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The inspiring, true story of a top soldier who survived Jim Crow only to land in a struggle for survival beside his racist white captain after they were downed in Vietnam

Raised in the segregated South, Ezell Ware was determined to excel beyond the lines drawn by white power brokers. He became the top recruit in his Marine training class; having grown up without running water, electricity, or sufficient food, he was‛t daunted by military life. He eventually earned a chance to join the Arm‛s helicopter pilot program, realizing his dream of flying. It was a role that would change his life, and the life of an unlikely partner in valor at the height of the Vietnam War.

Downed by enemy fire while on a mission over thick jungles, Ware and his badly injured captain endured a three-week descent into hell, with one canteen and little defense against countless deadly forces. But when his captain revealed his membership in the Ku Klux Klan, their situation took a turn that surprised them both—and put Ezell on the road to becoming a general.

A unique memoir of heroism and humanity, By Duty Bound captures a crucial chapter in American history through the eyes of one of its most remarkable witnesses.

Review:

"A self-proclaimed military 'lifer' and one of the few black pilots with the army's 61st Helicopter Assault Company, retired California National Guard General Ware Jr. has an intriguing story to tell, and with journalist Engel he has produced a mostly compelling autobiography. Well-observed accounts of growing up poor and black in 1950s rural Mississippi and of Ware's eventful, combat-heavy first tour in Vietnam are matched by a stirring recounting of the three weeks Ware and another army helicopter pilot spent evading the enemy in the jungles after being shot down. Chronological chapters alternate with short, first-person interludes sketching those hellish weeks Ware spent avoiding the enemy and nearly starving to death. Adding to the drama: Ware discovered that his fellow pilot — who suffered a severe leg wound in the helicopter crash — was a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan. Less revealing and less interesting are Ware's by-the-numbers chapters on his army training, including flight school, further hindered by poorly reconstructed dialogue. Also in the minus category is Ware's political analysis; if the United States hadn't intervened in Vietnam 'the imperial communist powers' would 'have continued to grab countries.' But anyone with a taste for life behind the lines will want this book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Ezell Ware, Jr., recently retired as a Brigadier General with the California National Guard, after a distinguished Marine and Army career for which he was highly decorated.

A journalist for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Joel Engel coauthored By George (the New York Times bestselling autobiography of George Foreman) as well The Oldest Rookie, the book that became The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525948612
Subtitle:
Survival and Redemption in Vietnam
Author:
Ware, Ezell
Author:
Ware, Brig. Gen. Ezell
Author:
Engel, Joel
Author:
Ware
Author:
Ware, Jr. (CA. Ret.), Brig. Gen. Ezell
Publisher:
NAL Trade
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Military - General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060307
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.5 x 1 in 1.28 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A self-proclaimed military 'lifer' and one of the few black pilots with the army's 61st Helicopter Assault Company, retired California National Guard General Ware Jr. has an intriguing story to tell, and with journalist Engel he has produced a mostly compelling autobiography. Well-observed accounts of growing up poor and black in 1950s rural Mississippi and of Ware's eventful, combat-heavy first tour in Vietnam are matched by a stirring recounting of the three weeks Ware and another army helicopter pilot spent evading the enemy in the jungles after being shot down. Chronological chapters alternate with short, first-person interludes sketching those hellish weeks Ware spent avoiding the enemy and nearly starving to death. Adding to the drama: Ware discovered that his fellow pilot — who suffered a severe leg wound in the helicopter crash — was a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan. Less revealing and less interesting are Ware's by-the-numbers chapters on his army training, including flight school, further hindered by poorly reconstructed dialogue. Also in the minus category is Ware's political analysis; if the United States hadn't intervened in Vietnam 'the imperial communist powers' would 'have continued to grab countries.' But anyone with a taste for life behind the lines will want this book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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