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Publisher's Summary

"Chickie takes us thousands of miles on a hilarious quest laced with sorrow, but never dull. You will laugh and cry, but you will not be sorry that you read this rollicking story." (Malachy McCourt)

Soon to be a major motion picture written and directed by Peter Farrelly, who won two Academy Awards for Green Book - a wildly entertaining, feel-good memoir of an Irish American New Yorker and former US marine who embarked on a courageous, harebrained scheme to deliver beer to his pals serving Vietnam in the late 1960s.

One night in 1967, 26-year-old John Donohue - known as Chick - was out with friends, drinking in a New York City bar. The friends gathered there had lost loved ones in Vietnam. Now, they watched as anti-war protesters turned on the troops themselves. One neighborhood patriot came up with an inspired - some would call it insane - idea. Someone should sneak into Vietnam, track down their buddies there, give them messages of support from back home, and share a few laughs over a can of beer. It would be the Greatest Beer Run Ever. But who'd be crazy enough to do it? One man was up for the challenge - a US Marine Corps veteran turned merchant mariner who wasn't about to desert his buddies on the front lines when they needed him. Chick volunteered. A day later, he was on a cargo ship headed to Vietnam, armed with Irish luck and a backpack full of alcohol. 

Landing in Qui Nho'n, Chick set off on an adventure that would change his life forever - an odyssey that took him through a series of hilarious escapades and harrowing close calls, including the Tet Offensive. But none of that mattered if he could bring some cheer to his pals and show them how much the folks back home appreciated them.This is the story of that epic beer run, told in Chick's own words and those of the men he visited in Vietnam.

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©2017 John "Chick" Donohue and J.T. Molloy (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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A must read.

Stop whatever book you are reading and fit this one in. A humbling story of war and friendship and a glimpse into a war that is so rarely talked about by the soldiers who fought there. Opened my eyes and my heart.

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Really a good book. Brings back memories

I enjoyed the book. I grew up near Inwood. Thought Chick was out of his mind but good story. I was a Long Bien a year later and book brought back memories, in an entertaining and light fashion. I recommend it to get a snapshot how it was to be in your early twenties with a cloud of war hovering over your head and society in general.

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LIKE IT WAS

SUPER WELL TOLD STORY WITH GREAT WORD PICTURES OF THE WAR IN VIETNAM. BROUGHT BACK MANY MEMORIES, SOME GOOD, SOME NOT SO GOOD

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Great story!

This is the story of a guy who went into the worst pats of Vietnam, during the worst part of the war, to pay his respects to his friends from NY, soldiers, and to bring them a beer. Wild ride! What an interesting journey by a dedicated friend and patriot. And he exposed the lies of the government and the hell or this war.

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Great Book... I wish it was longer!

fabulous book... hearing this story reminds me of how much we've lost as a culture....

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easy listen

I enjoyed this title. It painted a vivid picture of war, friendship, and the power to overcome incredible odds.

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Just loved it. My Dad was from Inwood.

My Dad was from Inwood and my Grandmother lived there still while my siblings an I were growing up. Absolutely love the spirit of having a crazy idea and then giving it a shot.

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Great Read!

listening to his story for the first 20 minutes I was a bit disappointed, but after that the story is captivating You will never want to turn it off!

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such an incredible story,

what an incredible story, it definitely is the greatest beer run ever. nice quick book and the story was easy to picture in my head. listened to it twice

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Stranger than fiction

Great 'read' fun and engaging.

This would make a great movie along the lines of "Good Morning VietNam"

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