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A SNIPER'S JOURNEY: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MAN BEHIND THE RIFLE
Author: Gary D. Mitchell with Michael Hirsh
Publisher: PENGUIN/PUTNAM (PENGUIN ACCT), Jan 2006
A story of the war on the battlefield, off the battlefield - & within one soldier's soul. Gary was not used as a combat sniper the way marksmen are currently being used in Iraq. He was lent to American intelligence agents who used him as an assassin, probably as part of the infamous, CIA-run Phoenix Program. Foreword by Douglas Valentine, author of "The Phoenix Program." 6x9 inches, 304 pgs.
What kind of man can take another's life while looking him-or her-dead in the eyes? And what does repeatedly committing such an act do to that man?
In 1968, Gary Mitchell enlisted in the Army and was sent to an infantry unit in Vietnam, where he earned a reputation for keeping his head in extreme situations. This caught the eye of his superiors, who had him trained to excel at long-distance shooting. However, Gary was not used as a combat sniper the way marksmen are currently being used in Iraq. He was lent to American intelligence agents who used him as an assassin, probably as part of the infamous, CIA-run Phoenix Program.
This is not just the story of a man at war; it's also about the war within the man, because the memories of his sniper missions followed him home, through his twenty-four year Army career and into civilian life. As the years went by, the full realization of what he'd done in the line of duty came back to haunt Mitchell's scarred conscience. But for the love of his wife, Ellen, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder would have destroyed him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gary D. Mitchell served in Vietnam, and participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in an Army career that spanned twenty-four years.
Michael Hirsh is a George Foster Peabody Award and Writers Guild Award winner, and the author of None Braver.