I started looking at the book this morning, and there's some very helpful things right at the beginning of the book. Along with maps and a flowchart of the Chain of Command, there's a page that says, "A glossary explaining slang, military jargon, and technical terms has been provided at the back of the book." This is genius! First of all, and I assume this is true of most civilian readers, I find the organization of the military to be mysterious and confusing. I went straight to the back and just read through the glossary first. I'm sure I'll occasionally have to flip back to it while reading, but it's especially smart to tell readers that its there right in the beginning of the book. How annoying it is to find such a thing at the end of the book only after you've muddled through.
If all goes well with this book, my plan will be to follow this up with my non-fiction selection about Vietnam in June, The Best and the Brightest.
How goes the unpacking?!