The Soldiers' Story

The Soldiers' Story

Vietnam in Their Own Words

Book - 2015
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Veteran journalist Ron Steinman gathers candid reminiscences from seventy-six men (including Senator John McCain) who lived through the brutalities of combat in the Vietnam War. A Soldiers' Story provides a vivid and gripping oral history of the fear, fellowship, trauma and triumph of these Marine, Army, Air Force, and Navy veterans. Complete with maps and battlefield photographs, these indespensable first-hand accounts provide a unique front-line record of Vietnam - from its surreal horrors, to the comradeship and courage forged in battle.

From the jungles of Southeast Asia to life back in the United States as veterans of an unpopular war, A Soldiers' Story also includes complete and updated biographies of the brave men who are profiled. This is a book that goes beyond the military and political implications of Vietnam, to the truth of what the war cost - and who actually paid the price.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Wellfleet Press,, [2015]
Edition: Expanded edition, includes previously unpublished material
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781577151081
1577151089
Branch Call Number: 959.70430922 Ste 2015
Characteristics: 400 pages : illustrations (some color), color map

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Sep 02, 2016

Thoughtful and action-oriented oral histories of some of Vietnam's largest conflicts within the war. Ia Drang, Khe San, Hue and the Tet Offensive of '68, the Air War, the often overlooked naval battles (mostly in the Mekong), and the fall of Saigon.

However, this book desperately needs to be edited again. Some of the stories appear to have been copied verbatim from the documentary, making the soldiers' dialogue rambling and meaningless in places. And there are multiple copy errors, including the final WORD of the book, and TWO errors in the pull quote blurbs on the back page.

A great book, but with a few minor flaws. Worth a read if you're at all interested in this "police action" in South East Asia.

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