Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: I can’t improve on the title, so I won’t even try.
Quick synopsis: Chick Donohue went to bring his friends beer….in Vietnam…during the Vietnam War.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Yes, the synopsis is true.
Fun Fact for History Nerds: If you weren’t in the military, the ease and indifference which Chick gets around will seem outlandish. As someone who was in the military, I can assure you, it is not.
My Take: Many terrible and epic ideas are birthed in New York City bars. This is one of them.
Chick Donohue was a kid from the block. He was in a bar full of patriotic patrons who were sick of the media and protesters ragging on the soldiers fighting the Vietnam War. The bartender thought someone should go over there and let the guys know they are appreciated. Also, someone should bring them beer.
Chick Donohue stepped up to the plate. And before you think, “well I am sure he stuck to the coast and didn’t get into anything too dangerous,” allow me to be clear. He did not cut any corners.
It is part comedy and part tragedy. And it is all true. I am pretty sure anyway. Chick doesn’t make himself to be a hero and that’s usually a good sign.
Verdict: This is a quick read which is both fun and informative. Go read it.
If You Liked This Try:
- Neal Bascomb, The Escape Artists
- Julian Rubinstein, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber