Robert C. Hargreaves’ New Book Enlightens Readers on Vietnamese History

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‘Mr. Bob, the Chicken Engineer’ gives author’s insight into war-torn country outside war territory

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As an agricultural volunteer in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Robert C. Hargreaves experienced a different side of the country than did soldiers fighting in the war. He shares his experiences in his new book, “Mr. Bob, the Chicken Engineer: Toward Understanding the Real Vietnam” (published by Abbott Press).

As a member of the International Voluntary Services – a predecessor to the Peace Corps – Hargreaves helped develop chicken raising projects and other agricultural endeavors, projects that often made the difference between starvation and survival for the Vietnamese people. The closest expression the Vietnamese had for Hargreaves’ position of poultry specialist was “chicken engineer” – as funny a phrase in Vietnamese as it is in English – ensuring he was not easily forgotten.

In his new book, Hargreaves reveals details of the war period in Vietnam that are often not discussed in the Western world: soldiers giving away their paychecks to help children, the growing anti-American sentiments as the war dragged on, and others.

“Most writing about Vietnam is about war and politics – an American war and American politics,” Hargreaves says. “Little is said about the country itself and without understanding the people involved in our wars, we continue to make the same mistakes and are unable to understand our participation in war.”

“Mr. Bob, the Chicken Engineer”
By Robert C. Hargreaves
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 108 pages | ISBN 9781458213501
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 108 pages | ISBN 9781458213518
E-Book | 108 pages | ISBN 9781458213495
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Robert C. Hargreaves is a retired poultry specialist who formerly worked with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He was also an agricultural volunteer with the International Voluntary Services during the Vietnam War and later.

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