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Second Lieutenant Robert Moriarty became one of the youngest Marine pilots at the age of nineteen, and at twenty flew the F-4B: the hottest fighter aircraft in the world. At twenty, he became a First Lieutenant and at twenty-two, a Marine captain. During his military career, he flew 832 combat missions in Vietnam. The Art of Peace is a definitive book about his war experiences and his take on military history. It reflects the facts lacking in most written personal accounts by men in uniform. In his commentaries, he makes a clear distinction on the difference between loving combat and hating war. While he and his fellow pilots were bombing Laos and Cambodia, they knew something that even the enemies knew on why the U.S. lost the Vietnam War. This is a story that will make you rethink the concept of what is good conflict.
The Art of Peace is a bold book that reconsiders military history about the Vietnam War. As Moriarty writes with raw emotion and a vivid recall of what he has witnessed, his chapters provide discoveries on the realities of the U.S. participation in armed conflicts, what combat veterans understand about war, and the accountability of political leaders. From a first-person point of view and as a veteran made wiser by his realities, he tackles his subject with greater attention to the truth, including the relationship between technical and human factors and the influence of political decisions. The Art of Peace is an integral part of military history written with an intellectual skill that is a must-read for its areas of inquiry. It will prove invaluable for students, historians, and anyone who lost a loved one to the horrors of war.