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Bare Feet, Iron Will ~ Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam's Battlefields (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

James Zumwalt

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  • Länge: 348 Seiten
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Ever since the American Revolution, military service has been a proud tradition for the Zumwalt family. Tradition initially led the author to join his father and brother in the Navy, before later transferring to the US Marine Corps. During his 26 years in uniform, the author saw service in three conflicts-Vietnam, Panama and the first Persian Gulf war. It was Vietnam, however, that ultimately would launch him on an unexpected journey-long after the guns of that war had fallen silent-triggered by the loss of a brother who had fought there. This journey was an emotional one-initially of anger towards the Vietnamese and the conflict that claimed his older brother. But it unexpectedly took a change in direction. In Vietnam almost two decades after Saigon's fall, the author, in a private talk with a former enemy general officer, came to understand an aspect of the war he never before had. In that talk, they shared personal insights about the war-discovering a common bond. It unlocked a door through which the author passed to start his own healing process. It began a journey where he would meet hundreds of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong veterans-listening to their personal stories of loss, sacrifice and hardship. It opened the author's eyes to how a technically inferior enemy, beaten down by superior US firepower, was able to get back up-driven by an "iron will" to emerge triumphant. "Bare Feet, Iron Will" takes the reader on a fascinating journey, providing stories-many never before told-as to how enemy ingenuity played a major role in the conflict, causing us not to see things that were there or to see things there that were not! It shares unique insights into the sacrifice and commitment that took place on the other side of Vietnam's battlefields.

About the Author JAMES G. ZUMWALT

Lieutenant Colonel James Zumwalt is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the 1989 intervention into Panama and Desert Storm. An author, speaker and business executive, he also currently heads a security consulting firm named after his father-Admiral Zumwalt & Consultants, Inc. He writes extensively on foreign policy and defense issues, having written hundreds of articles for various newspapers, magazines and professional journals. His articles have covered issues of major importance, oftentimes providing readers with unique perspectives that have never appeared elsewhere. His work, on several occasions, has been cited by members of Congress and entered into the US Congressional Record.


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  • Verlag: Fortis Publishing (26. April 2010)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Two Sides to Every Story. Vietnam? No Exception. 14. April 2010
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After seeing the movie, TUNNEL RATS (2008)available on NetFlix, this book was a timely referral by a friend. I was captured by the strong title and soon committed to turning every page until I was on the last. I was not disappointed except, perhaps, by the inevitable despair of the subject itself. When I was in college during the Vietnam War, the nightly news was my closest interaction with the immediacy of war. I more fully understood the sacrifices required by service members' families after I married a Marine and lived at MCAS New River, Jacksonville, NC. For me, this book put a face on the enemy. It's poignant details made me take a bite of American humble pie as I realized the courage and fortitude of the people, not just the men, making up the doggedly persistent Vietnam fighting forces. But, along with my humble pie bite, I now understand that the barefoot enemy fought with a determination that turned the least of armaments into powerful oppositions. Having gained a better insight into the other side of the story, the legacy of whatever happened in Vietnam is easier to understand. Anyone with an interest in these observations should definitely read this book as I am overwhelmed by the scope of the project and probably can't do it justice. I can say, however, that BARE FEET, IRON WILL provided me with a tube of ointment to continue healing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Crossing a great divide 29. November 2010
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I add this book to my list of The Best and the Brightest, The Weight They Carried and the movie, Platoon for another compelling insight into another aspect of the war, in this case, what our enemy was made of- remarkable determination and ingenuity. The other reviews have covered what I would write. This book deserves wide dissemination. In itself, it is a remarkable effort-showing courage, determination and sensitivity to others.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sign of a good writer 4. Oktober 2010
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The sign of a good writer is one who can make the reader empathize with a story's main character. The author of this book has done this many times over as each chapter shares insights about a different character who has endured the hardships of battle and somehow survived. Oftentimes, as Americans, and as the author accurately states, we sometimes tend to lose sight of the fact that human suffering occurs on both sides of a battlefield. Too often we focus on our own suffering not even considering what may have happened on the enemy's side. This book brings that reality home. While few American families were touched by the loss of a loved one, such losses were endemic on the enemy's side. This point was driven home sadly by the Vietnamese mothers who, in some cases, lost all their children to the war effort. I think the author has done a remarkable job of helping to humanize an enemy about whom little has previously been written.

The only question I have is why it took so long for someone to understand the universal suffering of the Vietnamese and provide us with such insights from their side.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen another perspective 14. Juni 2010
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As is so often the case in our society, we Americans feel the way we view things is always THE WAY TO VIEW THINGS. We have impacted many cultures and like the locusts of the Bible, leave barren fields in our wake. The Viet Nan war was run by the media which left an American perspective on those who did not participate directly in that action. Bare feet Iron Will brings to light the perspective of those who suffered directly by having their land and their culture torn apart by yet another foreign invader. Since the Civil War America has not feared its children would wake to the sound of cannons firing in its streets. We are a culture of instant gratification so the ideas brought to light in this book are a revelation.In reading of the Vietnamese struggles ,we will remember the high price of war.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Required Reading for World Leaders before deciding on War 15. Oktober 2010
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Zumwalt's book should be required reading for every world leader who has the authority to send troops to war. In the long term, it is not the strength of a nations army and the size of its' weapons that ultimately determines victory, but the strength of its' peoples determination and the size of their hearts.

The message in his book is reminiscent of conversations I had with my Dad, a World War II veteran. Growing up, I often asked, "How did the Americans win the war"? His answer was simple. "Determination and Ingenuity."
The GI had a job to do. He was determined to do whatever it took, for however long it took, to defeat the Germans and Japanese. This determination gave rise to an incredible level of ingenuity that continued well after the war.

The qualities exhibited by Americans in the 1940's are the same qualities exhibited by the Vietnamese in the 1960's and 1970's.

Excellent read - 5 Stars!
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