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Publisher's Summary

Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth.
The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."
For fans of the movie and the series alike, here is the original version of that perfectly corrupt football game, those martini-laced mornings and sexual escapades, and that unforgettable foray into assisted if uncompleted suicide - all as funny and poignant now as they were before they became a part of America's culture and heart.
©1996 Richard Hornberger and W. C. Heinz (P)2013 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Trish on 02-28-14

I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!

I was a huge fan of the M*A*S*H TV show--it still ranks as probably one of my top three favorite shows of all time. The book that started it all was as good as I hoped it would be!

I tried very hard not to expect the TV show, because I knew I would be disappointed. But this book did not disappoint--it was very entertaining. It had the kooky and quirky characters, doing whatever it took to stay sane, and alive, in the middle of a war. The sense of humor was dry and sharp. It did seem to be a series of vignettes instead of a complete novel, but that did not keep me from enjoying the book overall.

The narrator of the audiobook was wonderful--his voice and style of narration was perfect for this book. I have no complaints--loved it and highly recommend to others--

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jon Crawfurd on 09-12-14

Like opening a time capsule

What a treat! I'm of an age where MASH the movie and MASH the TV program are a part of my heritage. But, I missed a lot of fun having never read the book. The reader can see the beginnings of most of the characters and plot lines that are so familiar. The reading is great: very expressive and conveys the spirit of the story. Highly recommended!

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