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Of Rice and Men - A Novel of Vietnam

Richard Galli

Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can't speak the native language, don't know the customs, can't tell friends from enemies, and-in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam-wonder why they have to risk their lives spraying peanut plants, inoculating pigs, and hauling miracle rice seed for Ho Chi Minh. Brash, eye-opening, and surprisingly comic, Of Rice and Men displays the same irreverent spirit as the black-comedy classics Catch-22 and MASH-as it chronicles the American Army's little known "Civil Affairs" soldiers who courageously roam hostile war zones, not to kill or to destroy, but to build, to feed, and to heal. Unprepared, uncertain, and naive, they find it impossible to make the skeptical population fall in love with them. But it's thrilling to watch them try. Among the unforgettable characters: Guy Lopaca, an inept Army-trained interpreter who can barely say "I can't speak Vietnamese" in Vietnamese, but has no trouble chatting with stray dogs and water buffalo. Guy's friends include "Virgin Mary" Crocker, a pragmatic nurse earning a fortune spending nights with homesick soldiers; Paul Gianelli, a heroic builder of medical clinics who doesn't want to be remembered badly, so he never goes home; and Tyler DeMudge, whose cure for every problem is a chilly martini, a patch of shade, and the theory that every bad event in life is "good training" for enduring it again. Pricelessly funny, disarming, thought-provoking, as fresh as the morning headlines, and bursting with humor, affection, and pride, Of Rice and Men is a sincere tribute to those young men and women, thrust into our hearts-and-minds wars, who try to do absolute good in a hopeless situation. From the Hardcover edition.

Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can't speak the native language, don't know the customs, can't tell friends from enemies, and-in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam-wonder why they have to risk their lives spraying peanut plants, inoculating pigs, and hauling miracle rice seed for Ho Chi Minh. Brash, eye-opening, and surprisingly comic, Of Rice and Men displays the same irreverent spirit as the black-comedy classics Catch-22 and MASH-as it chronicles the American Army's little known "Civil Affairs" soldiers who courageously roam hostile war zones, not to kill or to destroy, but to build, to feed, and to heal. Unprepared, uncertain, and naive, they find it impossible to make the skeptical population fall in love with them. But it's thrilling to watch them try. Among the unforgettable characters: Guy Lopaca, an inept Army-trained interpreter who can barely say "I can't speak Vietnamese" in Vietnamese, but has no trouble chatting with stray dogs and water buffalo. Guy's friends include "Virgin Mary" Crocker, a pragmatic nurse earning a fortune spending nights with homesick soldiers; Paul Gianelli, a heroic builder of medical clinics who doesn't want to be remembered badly, so he never goes home; and Tyler DeMudge, whose cure for every problem is a chilly martini, a patch of shade, and the theory that every bad event in life is "good training" for enduring it again. Pricelessly funny, disarming, thought-provoking, as fresh as the morning headlines, and bursting with humor, affection, and pride, Of Rice and Men is a sincere tribute to those young men and women, thrust into our hearts-and-minds wars, who try to do absolute good in a hopeless situation. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can't speak the native language, don't know the customs, can't tell friends from enemies, and-in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam-wonder why they have to risk their lives spraying peanut plants, inoculating pigs, and hauling miracle rice seed for Ho Chi Minh. Brash, eye-opening, and surprisingly comic, Of Rice and Men displays the same irreverent spirit as the black-comedy classics Catch-22 and MASH-as it chronicles the American Army's little known "Civil Affairs" soldiers who courageously roam hostile war zones, not to kill or to destroy, but to build, to feed, and to heal. Unprepared, uncertain, and naive, they find it impossible to make the skeptical population fall in love with them. But it's thrilling to watch them try. Among the unforgettable characters: Guy Lopaca, an inept Army-trained interpreter who can barely say "I can't speak Vietnamese" in Vietnamese, but has no trouble chatting with stray dogs and water buffalo. Guy's friends include "Virgin Mary" Crocker, a pragmatic nurse earning a fortune spending nights with homesick soldiers; Paul Gianelli, a heroic builder of medical clinics who doesn't want to be remembered badly, so he never goes home; and Tyler DeMudge, whose cure for every problem is a chilly martini, a patch of shade, and the theory that every bad event in life is "good training" for enduring it again. Pricelessly funny, disarming, thought-provoking, as fresh as the morning headlines, and bursting with humor, affection, and pride, Of Rice and Men is a sincere tribute to those young men and women, thrust into our hearts-and-minds wars, who try to do absolute good in a hopeless situation. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Michael

Length:

10h 13m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:45

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:07


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:01


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:30


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:16


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:11


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:12


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:27


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:47


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:08


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:05


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:06


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:29


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:03


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:44


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:26


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:21


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:02


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:17


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:22


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:54


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:58


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

01:08


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:29


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:10


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:59


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

01:34


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:41


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

02:56


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:49


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:41


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:10


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:25


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:26


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:39


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:48


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:40


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:51


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:28


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:07


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:04


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:37


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:06


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:07


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

01:50


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:37


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:44


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:43


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:21


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:30


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:27


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:33


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:03


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:48


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:59


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:22


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:39


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:06


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:22


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

00:23