Taking Fire

The True Story of a Decorated Chopper Pilot
Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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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.

©2001 Ron Alexander and Charles W. Sasser (P)2018 Tantor

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Mini Man can

A must read about the shortest and toughest pilot in the Vietnam war.
Over 40 medals and a great story was his from that conflict.
His humor is irresistible.

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Mini Man Extraordinaire

This is an outstanding story of bravery and leadership. One of the best of best.

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Awesomeness

One of the best combat books I have read! Totally amazing read and I highly recommend it if you like combat pilot war biographies.

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Just a little of the same as to charcuterie with the helicopter war in Vietnam a backyard. A good book for the action
pack reader. It fills a cold winter day with excellent stories about those gray days in Vietnam.

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Entertaining and informative

Good read, good story and entertaining. Would not call it deep, but very enjoyable. This is not a war book that makes you sweat.