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Fiction: Vietnam War

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Orders to Vietnam; A Novel of Helicopter Warfare, Butterworth, W.E.
1 Butterworth, W.E. Orders to Vietnam; A Novel of Helicopter Warfare
Boston Little, Brown & Co. (c.1968) Book Club Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Victor Mays 
(pictorial boards) in dj [book itself is tight and clean, obviously unread, and flawless except for a lightly bumped lower front corner; the jacket's front panel is similarly excellent (the very slightest trace of soiling, and a nearly-invisible 1/4" closed tear at the upper right corner), but the rear panel is unfortunately marred by a severe vertical crease and a nasty 1"x1" U-shaped tear (not to the edge)]. Except for the damage to the rear jacket panel, this is about as clean and attractive a copy of this young-adult Vietnam novel as you're likely to find. [The book was a Junior Literary Guild selection, and states "A Guild Book" at the base of the spine on both book and jacket.] 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Some Kind of Hero [*SIGNED*], Kirkwood, James
2 Kirkwood, James Some Kind of Hero [*SIGNED*]
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company (c.1975) 0-690-00757-4 / 9780690007572 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Arthur Beckenstein Signed by Author
[minimal shelfwear, faint dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the ffep. Novel about the readjustment to civilian life of a Vietnam War ex-P.O.W.; basis for the 1982 film starring Richard Pryor. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Something Like This Happens Every War, Kopp, Frederick
3 Kopp, Frederick Something Like This Happens Every War
Glendale CA Great Western Pub. Co. (c.1981, 1982) 0866660429 / 9780866660426 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[clean + tight, some shelfwear to bottom of book, small dent in top edge of both covers; DJ faintly soiled, 1/4" hole along edge of rear panel]. "Jay Courtney, returning veteran, comes home from Vietnam to find that his beautiful wife has become his enemy; his home, the battlefield. Joe Biano, on the other hand, is welcomed back into his large and loving family, with hugs and kisses. Little does either man guess how powerful the anger and resentment against U.S. involvement in the war had become. It threatens to destroy the very fabric of their hopes and dreams."The author, whose first published novel this was, is described on the jacket as a "noted composer, arranger and conductor in motion pictures, television and the musical theatre." Uncommon. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Wings of the Tiger [*SIGNED*], Krueger, Carl
4 Krueger, Carl Wings of the Tiger [*SIGNED*]
New York Frederick Fell, Inc. 1966 NO 4th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[bottom edge of boards sun-faded, top edge dust-soiled; jacket shows edgewear, minor tears/wrinkling, some rubbing]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author in 1971. "The First Novel of Vietnam," per the dust jacket, although it wasn't, really. Laid in is a copy of a Congressional Record page, reprinting a speech delivered in the House of Representatives by Rep. John W. McCormack, commending the novel and its author. Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Jink (an Inner Sanctum Mystery), McMahon, Thomas Patrick
5 McMahon, Thomas Patrick Jink (an Inner Sanctum Mystery)
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1971) 0671209035 / 9780671209032 First printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[spine slightly turned, a trace of edge-wear; DJ shows some soiling, moderate edge-wear, small jagged tear & some dog-earing at top of spine]. "...a suspense novel about a man who, pushed by anger and burning with fear, pursues a dangerous game that ends in one of the most unusual air chases in fiction." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Free Fire Zone, Riggan, Rob
6 Riggan, Rob Free Fire Zone
New York W. W. Norton & Company (c.1984) 0-393-01800-8 / 9780393018004 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Tim Gaydos 
[nice tight copy, appears unread, faint soiling to top edge; jacket mildly rubbed]. Scarce novel, the author's first (and apparently only). Like his protagonist, he had served as a medic in Vietnam, and wrote the book "because the war wouldn't go away." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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American Boys [*SIGNED*], Smith, Steven Phillip
7 Smith, Steven Phillip American Boys [*SIGNED*]
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1975) 0-399-11462-9 / 9780399114625 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg Signed by Author
[nice solid copy, light fading to cloth at top/bottom edges, also on spine (with faint "shadow" of lettering on spine of jacket), very minor soiling to bottom edge; jacket very slightly browned, otherwise clean and attractive]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on ffep in the year of publication; the inscription is to a colleague (or agent?) who the author thanks for "paving the way for me at Putnam's....and for spreading [the book] through the stores all over town." The author's first novel, about "four distinctly American young men who are drawn together by the shared frustrations of army base life and volunteer as a unit for combat service" in Vietnam. [NOTE that the jacket and the book carry different ISBNs, with the one on the jacket being correct.] Signed by Author 
Price: 80.00 USD
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