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The Greatest Beer Run Ever


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John "Chick" Donohue joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen and spent several years as a Merchant Mariner after his discharge. His work took him to numerous foreign ports, including Saigon during the Vietnam War. After the war, he became a tunnel builder, and eventually became a Director of Sandhogs, Local 147, Laborers' International Union of North America, a post in which he served for over three decades. He is happily married to Theresa "Terri" O'Neil and spends his time between New York, Florida, and West Cork, Ireland.


John (Chickie) Donohue happens to be one of the best storytellers anywhere. He knows that though life may be funny, it is no joke. In this book you will see through his eyes the absurdity of the human condition. Chickie takes us thousands of miles on a hilarious quest laced with sorrow, but never dull. You will laugh and cry, but you will not be sorry that you read this rollicking story. -- Malachy McCourt
Donohue's memoir is a fascinating, vividly narrated recollection of the chaos of the Vietnam war. -- Publishers Weekly
The Greatest Beer Run Ever is the astounding true story of a young man's odyssey. On these pages we accompany Chick Donohue as he takes us on a fantastic voyage from the streets of Manhattan via the high seas to the jungles and cities of Vietnam at the height of a war fought mostly by forgotten blue collar kids...This book is both a testament to the fading notions of loyalty and brotherhood and an elegy for the working class enclaves that once formed the backbone of a city and nation. -- Thomas Kelly, Author of Payback, The Rackets, and Empire Rising and executive producer, Copper, The Get Down, and Civil
John 'Chick' Donohue is an American legend...He bore witness to some of the most ground-shaking events of the era while somehow managing to honor his friends. This book is an unforgettable, brilliantly written wild ride from start to finish, filled with humor, action, poignancy and wrenching moments. The Greatest Beer Run Ever will remain in your heart and mind long after you've turned the last page. -- John Bruning, New York Times bestselling author of Indestructible
The story of a patriotic prankster's freelance incursion into Vietnam, bringing cheer (and beer) to Americans at war... An irreverent yet thoughtful macho adventure reflecting the tumult of a fast-fading era. -- Kirkus Reviews

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