In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War Book Summary and Study Guide

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Wolff, the future author of This Boy's Life, barely finished high school and skipped a summer job on a Coast and Geodetic Survey ship to enlist in the Army at 18. He went to paratroopers jump school and, despite being lazy and a rebel, managed to get an officer's commission because he had what they call "command presence." Just before, during, and after his service, he visited his estranged father, an inveterate liar and con artist from whom the boy had been estranged for three years.
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In Vietnam Wolff was stationed near My Tho in the Mekong Delta, well out of the way of the action (his primary dangerous mission during the initial period is to steal a TV set from officers quarters at another base over Thanksgiving so he can watch "Bonanza") until the 1968 Tet Offensive surprised American and South Vietnamese forces all over the country.
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Plot & Themes

War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Fought as soldier War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+ Which war?    -   Vietnam

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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