Former U.S. Chief of Staff General Merrill A. McPeak Publishes eBook About Vietnam War Experience

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Calls Vietnam “On Its Best Day, a Foolish War”

The Vietnam Chapters is a remarkably candid exploration of America's military failure in Vietnam, a no-holds-barred, first-hand account of the war's political, cultural, and airborne conflicts. "The war was always the South's to win, and it couldn't," General Merrill A. McPeak concludes. "It was always our to lose, and we did."

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed General McPeak to be the 14th chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. More than twenty years prior, with a decade of flying experience already under his wings, McPeak’s skills were called upon in Southeast Asia. By the time he left, “eleven months and 269 combat missions later," as McPeak writes in The Vietnam Chapters, "I could say that I'd done a reasonably good job in what was, on its best day, a foolish war."

The Vietnam Chapters is extracted from General McPeak's acclaimed memoir, Hangar Flying, which covers the first ten years of his military career.

Lost Wingman Press is responding to reader input by publishing these eighty-plus pages about the war as a standalone ebook. The Vietnam Chapters retails for just $2.99, exclusively for Amazon Kindle. Lost Wingman Press promises several free “giveaway” days, including two this week: Tuesday, August 20th and Wednesday, August 21st, to celebrate its publication.

General McPeak entered the Air Force in 1957 as a Distinguished Graduate of the San Diego State College ROTC program. By the time he arrived in Vietnam, he had already amassed a decade of military flying experience—service in two line fighter squadrons, a stint as a gunnery instructor, and two years performing with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's elite aerobatic demonstration team.

The four-star general is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City. In 2010, President Obama appointed McPeak to the American Battle Monuments Commission. The Commissioners subsequently elected him Chairman.

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