Bury Us Upside Down

The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail

By Rick Newman; Don Shepperd; John McCain (Foreword by)
(Presidio Press, Paperback, 9780345465382, 480pp.)

Publication Date: February 27, 2007

List Price: $16.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.
Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.


They had the most dangerous job n the Air Force. Now Bury Us Upside Down reveals the never-before-told story of the Vietnam War's top-secret jet-fighter outfit-an all-volunteer unit composed of truly extraordinary men who flew missions from which heroes are made.
In today's wars, computers, targeting pods, lasers, and precision-guided bombs help FAC (forward air controller) pilots identify and destroy targets from safe distances. But in the search for enemy traffic on the elusive Ho Chi Minh Trail, always risking enemy fire, capture, and death, pilots had to drop low enough to glimpse the telltale signs of movement such as suspicious dust on treetops or disappearing tire marks on a dirt road (indicating a hidden truck park). Written by an accomplished journalist and veteran, Bury Us Upside Down is the stunning story of these brave Americans, the men who flew in the covert Operation Commando Sabre-or "Misty"-the most innovative air operation of the war.
In missions that lasted for hours, the pilots of Misty flew zigzag patterns searching for enemy troops, vehicles, and weapons, without benefit of night-vision goggles, infrared devices, or other now common sensors. What they gained in exhilarating autonomy also cost them: of 157 pilots, 34 were shot down, 3 captured, and 7 killed. Here is a firsthand account of courage and technical mastery under fire. Here, too, is a tale of forbearance and loss, including the experience of the family of a missing Misty flier-Howard K. Williams-as they learn, after twenty-three years, that his remains have been found.
Now that bombs are smart and remote sensors are even smarter, the missions that the Mistys flew would now be considered no less than suicidal. Bury Us Upside Down reminds us that for some, such dangers simply came with the territory.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
Rick Newman is a columnist for Yahoo Finance, the largest financial news site on the Web, which reaches millions of prosperous and well-informed readers around the world every day. He is a leading authority on the turbulent economic transformation that is upending American society and remaking the middle class. In addition to his regular journalism, Rick's insights have made him a popular TV and radio commentator who has appeared on many major news networks, including CNN, MSNBC, CBS and C-Span, as well as on numerous local radio stations including NPR. He has previously served as Chief Business Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, where he wrote frequently about globalization and digital technology, the two powerful trends that have created a social and economic revolution. Much of Rick's work at U.S. News was syndicated across the Web on prominent sites such as Yahoo, MSN, RealClearPolitics, and others.

Senator John McCain entered the Naval Academy in June of 1954. He served in the United States Navy until 1981. He was elected to the US House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 2008 election.
Indie Bookstore Finder
EBbooks and EReaders
Find great gifts: Signed books
Link to IndieBound

Update Profile