View from a Low Bough
Allen and Unwin, 1997. First edition, first printing. A trade paperback copy in good condition.
This book is a story of poignancy, of horror and of devastatingly funny happenings amongst a group of Australian soldiers in Vietnam. Dave is one of them; so is Pete, the medic. Lenny, the superb forward scout, is another. There's Peaches and Fuzz. There's Woofer, who got his nick name from the habit of calling 'woof woof' to the enemy before shooting them. And there's quite a few more. All real people. Barrie Crowley knows them well - he was one of their number. This is a compelling account of the Vietnam War as it really was, in language as it really was, by someone who shared the tensions and tragedies of jungle action and pulled his weight in the wild goings on at other times. It is a book whose images will remain in the mind for a very long time.