Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph (Hardcover)
By Richard Botkin
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In his book, "Ride the Thunder," author Richard Botkin tells the amazing true story of the remarkable collaboration between U.S. Marine Capt. John Ripley and South Vietnamese Marine Maj. Le Ba Binh. In the process, he vigorously dispels the notion that the military situation in Vietnam was lost, even as American war correspondents and policy makers were surrendering to the winds of political and economic pressure.
"For men like Ripley and Binh, who fought long and hard only to have victory pulled from their grasps, 'Ride the Thunder' celebrates their heroism, their humanity, their story," says Botkin.
Using his keen Marine insight and years of in-depth research, Botkin takes the reader back in time, deep into the heart of the jungle and into the midst of the American-Vietnamese struggle for liberty.
In the prime of their youth, the two noted warriors were inspired by their fathers to fight for their country’s freedom – one American, Capt. John Ripley, and the other South Vietnamese, Maj. Le Ba Binh. Their destinies would collide in Vietnam.
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"Richard Botkin has written a brilliant account of the bravery and skill of a small group of American Marine advisers and the courageous, Vietnamese Marines who fought to the end. For those of us who served as advisers to these Marines, it is a moving, personal story magnificently told. It is a must-read for all who want to understand the true nature of the Vietnam War." – Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (retired)
- Hardcover: 650 pages
- Publisher: WND Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193507105X
- ISBN-13: 978-1935071051
Ratings & Reviews
An Epic Marine Corps/Viet Nam Classic--must read!
Ride the Thunder is a must read for any Marine Corps or Viet Nam veteran, period. So many real life heroes in this book; and of particular focus, Colonel John Ripley of the famed, "Ripley's Raiders". It paints the true, patriotic noble picture of what both the U.S. forces and South Korea were fighting for--freedom from tyranny. It will restore your faith in the American spirit and dispel so many lies from the era. There is a true David and Goliath metaphor lived out by Ripley's South Korean Marine counterpart. The blowing up of the Dong Ha Bridge is huge. I've bought this one as a gift for others--should be read in schools. "Semper Fi!"