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Letters from Vietnam [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

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4. November 2003
“No heroes, everyone did their part, and everyone was scared to death.”

They are the words of soldier Mark W. Harms in 1968, summing up his combat experience during the Vietnam War. His stunning letter home is just one of hundreds featured in this unforgettable collection, Letters from Vietnam. In these affecting pages are the unadorned voices of men and women who fought–and, in some cases, fell–in America’s most controversial war. They bring new insights and imagery to a conflict that still haunts our hearts, consciences, and the conduct of our foreign policy.

Here are the early days of the fight, when adopting a kitten, finding gold in a stream, or helping a local woman give birth were moments of beauty amid the brutality . . . shattering first-person accounts of firefights, ambushes, and bombings (“I know I will never be the same Joe.”–Marine Joe Pais) . . . and thoughtful, pained reflections on the purpose and progress of the entire Southeastern Asian cause (“All these lies about how we’re winning and what a great job we’re doing . . . It’s just not the same as WWII or the Korean War.” –Lt. John S. Taylor.)

Here, too, are letters as vivid as scenes from a film–Brenda Rodgers’s description of her wedding to a soldier on the steps of Saigon City Hall . . . Airman First Class Frank Pilson’s recollection of President Johnson’s ceremonial dinner with the troops (“He looks tired and worn out–his is not an easy job”) . . . and, perhaps most poignant, Emil Spadafora’s beseeching of his mother to help him adopt an orphan who is a village’s only survivor (“This boy has nothing, and his future holds nothing for him over here.”)

From fervent patriotism to awakening opposition, Letters from Vietnam captures the unmistakable echoes of this earlier era, as well as timeless expressions of hope, horror, fear, and faith.


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“Candid accounts by soldiers and support personnel of their wartime experiences . . . This intimate peek at a controversial conflict is an insightful read.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Frank, unassuming prose . . . teeming with both information and emotion . . . Readers currently concerned about the war in Iraq will be touched by these thoughtful, humorous, and horror-filled letters from an often underappreciated and ill-treated generation of soldiers.”

From the Trade Paperback edition.


A collection of letters captures the voices of the men and women who took part in America's most controversial war, shedding new light on the Vietnam conflict from an insiders' perspective.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen More engrossing than I expected 19. Juli 2004
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I started reading this because because I wanted a book that I could put down - as opposed to something that would keep me reading half the night to find out how things would end. But I became thoroughly engrossed in this book, and couldn't put it down after all.
My only complaint about the book is its organization. It is organized according to whether the letter writer is writing home about combat, daily life, etc. Many of the letters span more than one of these categories. Also, I found myself wondering whether the different viewpoints expressed were indicative of different phases or the war, or just the feelings of different people. I think I would have preferred a chronological ordering of the letters for this reason. Especially since it was this breadth of viewpoints that I found most intriguing in the book - particularly the different ways the Vietnamese people and army were portrayed in different letters.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen American Patriot or not, worth the read! 17. März 2010
Von Justin K. Mccargo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I actually picked the book up because one of my Uncles letters was used for this. I began by reading his letter home and after that I set it down. Big mistake! After a couple of months I opened it back up and practically read this in one sitting.

There were a lot of horrific events these soldiers witnessed.

Good Read (that is if you are interested in just reading letters sent back home to family/pastors/friends/girlfriends).

Worth a shot, or a look at the local library.
5.0 von 5 Sternen letters from vietnam 10. August 2009
Von A. Hartzog - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
this is a great book these are letters from the service members in vietnam most of them where very young and away from home for the first time in their lives the letters are very honest when you read this book you see the war in vietnam through their words and thoughts anyone who is interested in the vietnam war should read this book
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