I really enjoyed reading this book. War for the Hell of It is a fast-moving memoir written by Ed Cobleigh about his experiences as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. In reading the book, one can feel the emotions the author went through during his two years as a combat pilot. Stationed in Thailand, Cobleigh does a excellent job of recounting not only his combat missions but also what life was like in Thailand. While the author does touch on the politics and antiwar sentiment at the time, he does so in a cursory manner and doesn't preach his own opinions to the reader. Critical of some of senior military leadership at the time, he also writes of admiration for the leadership within his Wing and especially his Wing Commander. This book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the F-4 fighter, the role of the Air Force in the Vietnam War, in military history, or someone just looking for a good book to read and enjoy!
Review by Bob Doerr, MWSA Reviewer
In War for the Hell of It, Ed Cobleigh shares his perspectives in a deeply personal account of a fighter pilot's life, one filled with moral ambiguity and military absurdities offset by the undeniable thrill of flying a fighter aircraft.
Book Format(s): Hard cover, Soft cover, Kindle, Audiobook
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Biography
Review Genre: Nonfiction—Memoir/Biography
Number of Pages: 266