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Publisher's Summary

"Chickie takes us thousands of miles on a hilarious quest laced with sorrow, but never dull. You will laugh and cry, but you will not be sorry that you read this rollicking story." (Malachy McCourt)

Soon to be a major motion picture written and directed by Peter Farrelly, who won two Academy Awards for Green Book - a wildly entertaining, feel-good memoir of an Irish American New Yorker and former US marine who embarked on a courageous, harebrained scheme to deliver beer to his pals serving Vietnam in the late 1960s.

One night in 1967, 26-year-old John Donohue - known as Chick - was out with friends, drinking in a New York City bar. The friends gathered there had lost loved ones in Vietnam. Now, they watched as anti-war protesters turned on the troops themselves. One neighborhood patriot came up with an inspired - some would call it insane - idea. Someone should sneak into Vietnam, track down their buddies there, give them messages of support from back home, and share a few laughs over a can of beer. It would be the Greatest Beer Run Ever. But who'd be crazy enough to do it? One man was up for the challenge - a US Marine Corps veteran turned merchant mariner who wasn't about to desert his buddies on the front lines when they needed him. Chick volunteered. A day later, he was on a cargo ship headed to Vietnam, armed with Irish luck and a backpack full of alcohol. 

Landing in Qui Nho'n, Chick set off on an adventure that would change his life forever - an odyssey that took him through a series of hilarious escapades and harrowing close calls, including the Tet Offensive. But none of that mattered if he could bring some cheer to his pals and show them how much the folks back home appreciated them.This is the story of that epic beer run, told in Chick's own words and those of the men he visited in Vietnam.

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©2017 John "Chick" Donohue and J.T. Molloy (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great story!

This is the story of a guy who went into the worst pats of Vietnam, during the worst part of the war, to pay his respects to his friends from NY, soldiers, and to bring them a beer. Wild ride! What an interesting journey by a dedicated friend and patriot. And he exposed the lies of the government and the hell or this war.

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great read and story worth telling

great story. interesting perspective of vietnam war. really enjoyed it. true heroes. never heard about this story. really enjoyed it.

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Amazing story

One of the best books about an amazing journey!!! True devotion to his friends!!! Everyone should be that lucky to have friends like that.

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Great American Story!

Great story about the US, guys from NY, and friendship. It is a must read!

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What a great story!

Sometimes the reader/narrator leaves a lot to be desired, but this story is so fantastic that it didn’t matter. What a fascinating ride!

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Just loved it. My Dad was from Inwood.

My Dad was from Inwood and my Grandmother lived there still while my siblings an I were growing up. Absolutely love the spirit of having a crazy idea and then giving it a shot.

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Decent story with the backdrop of the war. Not a fan of Malcom’s pronunciation of certain words.

Fun story of Chickies journey from NYC to Saigon. The narrator pronounces “beer” odd to me. And for many times as he has to say it in this book, it’d make me cringe. I guess I’m weird. Decent and quick overall.

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Stranger than fiction

Great 'read' fun and engaging. This would make a great movie along the lines of "Good Morning VietNam"

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Great Read!

listening to his story for the first 20 minutes I was a bit disappointed, but after that the story is captivating You will never want to turn it off!