In the thirty or so years since my tour of duty in Vietnam, I have read dozens of books on the tragedy of the Vietnam War. I can say unequivocally that Charlene Edwards' unique and unusual photographic essay is one of the best, if not the best, book I've read. It consists of a series of interrelated vignettes and anecdotes of Americans and Vietnamese who were affected by the war, accompanied by photography of the highest artistic order. Some of the stories are gut-wrenching, and I defy anyone to read them and not be moved. Edwards writes passionately from the heart, yet there is not a hint of rancor, politics or ideology. The book deals entirely within the human dimension, and therein lies its power. In this book you will meet the best of humanity...and the worst. I consider Voices of Vietnam a masterpiece, and very strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the Vietnam war in particular, and the long-term destructiveness of war in general.