The Fool on the Hill sees the sun going down...
Except, in this instance, the fool was in a helicopter over Vietnam, being deceived by his government into believing that he was helping to make the world safe for democracy. Only later, after reading the history books, did he learn that he was actually helping to prop up a totalitarian regime against an indigenous people, who were trying to throw off foreign domination (sorta like the Founding Fathers of the United States). Don't believe me? I can suggest a long reading list. If time is limited, try these: The Best and the Brightest, by David Halberstam, Bright Shining Lie, by Niel Sheehan, Fire in the Lake, by Francis Fitzgerald, and the biography of Ho Chi Minh, by William Duiker. And, just for fun, read The Ugly American, which basically predicted the mess, but no one wanted to know.
(As evident in this photo, it was best to be in a helicopter. It was a bit damp on the ground).
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.