Marble Mountain by Bud Willis

Bud Willis’s Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir (AuthorHouse, 462 pp., $30.79, hardcover; $20.23, paper) is a long, detailed look at his 1966-67 Vietnam War tour as a Marine Corps Huey pilot. Willis bases most of the book on letters and a journal he kept during his tour of duty.

Marble Mountain, he says, “is not intended to be a military book. This is a coming of age story of a small group of Marine Huey pilots who were caught between our compassion for the troops on the ground and the complicated drama of global politics.” The book is about “the human side of combat: what goes on in a young man’s mind when he knows he is being asked to give up all he has for his country.”

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—Marc Leepson