The Greatest Beer Run Ever Book | A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever Book. Chickie leads us thousands of miles on an entertaining journey that is also filled with sadness. You will laugh and cry, but you will not be sorry that you read this rollicking story

The Greatest Beer Run Ever Book
The Greatest Beer Run Ever Book

The Greatest Beer Run Ever Book Review

The tale of an American at war being cheered up (and given beer) by a freelance patriot in Vietnam.

“Chick” Donohue appears to be the stereotypical two-fisted, old-school New Yorker, a veteran who would later become a Teamster and tunnel “sandhog,” as Molloy points out in the introduction. At Doc Fiddler’s Bar in the Irish community of Inwood, he accepted an enormous challenge in 1967 as a merchant mariner and former Marine to provide beer to local kids fighting in Vietnam.

Donohue adds, “I was inspired to go to Vietnam by the sight of antiwar activists in Central Park protesting against my neighborhood friends who were in the military. As a former Marine who had deployed overseas, I could only speculate about what my friends were experiencing. Even by the standards of military yarns, this story sounds impossible, yet the rugged setting and the realistic opinions of the young American soldiers give the story realism.

Chick encountered pals from Inwood while sailing from New York to Vietnam, and they responded with amusing incredulity. With the authors’ description of Chick seeing combat patrols firsthand, the dramatic tension rises.

Before the Tet Offensive, he missed his ship and got stuck in Saigon, where he saw the enemy attack the American Embassy. Chick was stuck in a combat zone, scrounging food and housing from colorful old friends and new acquaintances, and his opinions changed along with the worsening circumstances of American soldiers: “I had believed that we were winning… But after our officials informed us that Charlie was losing the fight, why do they suddenly appear all across the nation? Everything changed with Tet.

Finally, Chick managed to flee aboard a supply ship that was in need of crew after the assaults. He admits his newfound perspective: “I wanted to go home…and all the seafarers and all the troops in Vietnam to go home.” In fact, a moving afterword details the fates of the soldiers Donohue visited on his beer run, some of whom did not survive.

About the Author: Book the Greatest Beer Run Ever

At the age of 17, John “Chick” Donohue enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Following his release, he worked as a merchant mariner. He worked as a tunnel builder after the war and later rose to the position of Legislative and Political Director for Sandhogs, Local 147, Laborers International Union of North America. He also earned a degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Theresa “Terri” O’Neil is his wife.

The Longest Beer Run Ever Book Release Date

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow Paperbacks
  • (September 28, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062995472
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062995476


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The Greatest Beer Run Ever Book

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