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Sergeant Dickinson : a novel
Gold, Jerome.
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New York : Soho Press, 1999.
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180 pages ; 22 cm
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Sergeant Dickinson is the 05-Bravo -- the radioman -- of a Special Forces A Team in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in the mid-sixties.The camp is encircled and attacked for nine days by the North Vietnamese Army, anxious to lure large American forces into combat for the first time. He survives, just. The remnants of the team are broken up, the soldiers scattered among other commands. A unit that battered, goes the thinking, can't be put back together. Can he?The war grows ever larger and darker, but Dickinson has the clarity of a person who has been shot at, the almost dying and then not dying. Afterwards is the best thing there is.There are a handful of them -- Men Without Women, A Walk in the Sun -- small, stunning books about men and war. Sergeant Dickinson, says Nelson DeMille, is one of those classics.

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Green Beret Sergeant Ray "Dixie' Dickinson is under fire at a remote outpost in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. His unit has been decimated by the North Vietnamese, and his friends are dropping like flies. Near the end of the battle, he challenges a sniper to kill him, giving him 11 frustrating shots to do it. He survives the siege unbloodied, only to be severely injured in a training accident. Shipped home to recuperate, he tries to re-establish his relationship with his girlfriend, but the nightmares and the ghosts won't let him rest. He re-enlists and ends up back in Vietnam. Gold has shaped a powerful, merciless novel from this raw material. He captures the exhaustion and waste of war from the point of view of the noncommissioned officer, who cares for his men and wants to keep them alive, all the while questioning the judgment and even the sanity of his commanding officers. The political issues of the war are never discussed; only the reality of the moment matters. A natural for readers of Tim O'Brien. --George Needham