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The World's Greatest Beer Run is an epic adventure that not only lives up to its name, but goes way beyond. The book was fantastic. It will take any Vietnam Vet, especially grunts, through the whole gamut of emotions from disbelief and hope to joy and tears. It's a true story; as fiction, nobody would believe it! I grew up in some tight neighborhoods too and was blessed with great friends, but Inwood may take the cake. I also have a lot of Irish blood and enjoyed all those true-to-life cultural references. I served in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division in 1968 after Tet; my platoon had just returned from the A Shau Valley. We deployed in that area before moving to the Saigon-Bien Hao area, known as the Rocket Belt. In 1969, I was a MAC-V advisor in the Delta. Like most vets, I have a few stories of my own escapades, but they pale in comparison with Chickie's, and he was doing it all as a civilian, for the sole purpose of supporting his friends there and their families back home. Reading TWGBR is a flashback to a previous life, but an inspiring one that shows the true brotherhood of men at war and the fact that those at home (their friends and relatives) also truly serve. Chickie took this commitment to service and support to an unfathomable level and deserves the admiration and thanks of every American. A lifelong friend and Army buddy who served with the 75th Rangers in Vietnam told me about this book, which I snapped up immediately. I very highly recommend TWGBR to every Vietnam vet, family member, friend, historian, or anyone else who wants to see a human side to the war. A million thanks Chickie! I can't wait to see the movie (and visit Inwood someday).
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