I bought 2 copies of your book & this is copied from an email from my cousin, Rich Weiss.
Yesterday, I read the book from cover to cover, it is a page turner, which I did not want to set down. Thank you ever so much for sending it along for me to enjoy its content. I really like how it is a history based novel, when I was in Vietnam I did not learn much about what was happening in America, for the greater percentage of 1968 and 1969.
I also lent my copy to our friend Ted Gallagher. His reaction was similar to Rich’s. 2 of my co-workers also read it and even though they are much younger, both said that they really enjoyed the story.
Barb Brainard Trautlein
Los Alamos, NM
I know Chuck Thompson. He was Best Man at my marriage to my first wife. He and I worked together under the same oppressive circumstances in Berlin, during the Cold War years, the middle 1960s. I also was friends with his German friend (name withheld, to protect the guilty), upon whom he has based the main German character in the book. So much for full disclosure.
I bought my copy of the book, McCurry’s War, as soon as it was released, and read it knowing that many of these experiences were not fiction, rather they were fictionalized accounts of things that Chuck and our mutual acquaintances really went through. I gave the book to my wife, and then to my brother, explaining that it would help them understand some of the stories that I had been telling them all these years. We all loved it. It’s an easy read, and I recommend it highly as a fun thing to do, and as a teaching resource. If you have served in any branch of the Armed Forces, your relatives will discover that you are not the raging liars that they have always thought you were, up ’til now.
If you are a fan of books like Catch 22 or Mash, add McCurry’s War to your reading list. The author writes from his own experiences while stationed in Berlin in the late 1960’s working for the NSA. The book is filled with anecdotes about the ridiculous inconsistencies that have always been part of the military chain of command. Like Hawkeye in Mash, McCurry does his best to battle the idiotic rules he must live by with humor and civil disobedience. At the same time, there are fascinating details of what life was like in the divided city. I was particularly caught up in the description of what it was like to cross at Checkpoint Charlie and go into the Communist sector. Having traveled behind the Iron Curtain in the early seventies, I could identify with the discomfort and foreboding of the main character who felt as though he was being watched every minute because he was. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was caught up in the adventures and problems of the main character. The book also gave me food for thought about the political climate in our own country in the 1960s.
We have not seen each other since 1971, I owe you nothing, and I have never been to Berlin, but I bought your book anyway. I am not ashamed to recommend this anybody who was or wanted to be connected to the US military in the late sixties/early seventies, a time of transition in the thinking of Americans. Some of it made me sad, given the time, made me happy, young men making the best of a bad situation, and the clueless supervisors made me laugh out loud. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Ellwood City, PA