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    Jun 19, 2010
    Dan Green got his start as a writer in 1973, as a rookie newspaper reporter for the Enterprise (AL.) Daily Ledger. Enterprise was a town of 11,000 just outside the gates of Ft. Rucker, where Green spent his last year as an Army helicopter pilot. The Vietnam war was drawing to a close and Green and thousands like him were starting new careers in the civilian world. Working alongside him at the Ledger was an upcoming teenage photojournalist named Dana Garrett, who was learning the ropes from the man who gave them both their start in journalism: publisher Floyd Garrett, Dana’s father. Thirty-seven years later, Green and the younger Garrett have covered many miles in separate journalism careers. (Floyd Garrett passed away in 2008 at the age of 77.) Green worked for five more newspapers after the Ledger, ultimately specializing in aviation journalism and becoming editor of the nationally-circulated General Aviation News. And of course Dana Garrett is publisher of the Lockhart... More > Post-Register. Green’s latest writing venture is a memoir of Army aviation with the colorful First Air Cavalry in Vietnam, The Red Tavern. The success of new Vietnam books like Karl Marlantz’s Matterhorn have revived interest in this mythical period of American history, and Green writes from a first-hand perspective that puts the reader in the pilot’s seat of the ubiquitous Huey, about which UPI war correspondent Joseph Galloway said “every Vietnam story begins and ends with a helicopter.” But there’s more to The Red Tavern than just combat flying (although there’s plenty of that.) The book takes a humorous look at many of the Air Cavalry’s more colorful traditions, from the bawdy barracks ballads they sang to the often bizarre costumes and ceremonies that were a part of the life, and even to their strange array of pets, such as a four-foot-long python and an Asian macaque. Much of The Red Tavern comes off as a Gilbert & Sullivan opera at times, tongue-and-cheekish without being silly. The Red Tavern will be a fun read for aviation buffs and war historians. It is available from in three formats: as an e-book for $8.99; a 331-page paperback for $12.47; and a 280-page hardcover for $24.38. Shipping is free throughout the summer on orders above $19.95. Lockhard (TX.) Post-Register< Less
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First Edition
June 27, 2010
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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