WALKING POINT FROM THE ASHES OF THE VIETNAM WAR

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Walking Point

Author : Perry A. Ulander
ISBN : 9781623170134
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this intimate memoir, Perry A. Ulander chronicles with powerful clarity the bewildering predicament he confronted and the fellowship and guidance that transformed him during the year he served as an American GI in the jungles of Vietnam. Conveying with unadorned precision the harrowing experiences that shatter his core beliefs, Ulander also captures the camaraderie and humor of his platoon, the hostility between "lifers" and draftees, the physical hardships of reconnaissance missions, and the unrelenting apprehension underlying everyday life. Ultimately, he describes the surrendering of social norms and accepted identities that allows him to glimpse a previously unimagined realm of heightened awareness. Written after a lifetime of reflection on the nature of war and the effect of violence and domination on the minds and spirits of those forced to practice it, Walking Point offers a powerful narrative for readers with an interest in the effects of war and violence, American involvement in Vietnam, PTSD, and how trauma can be a catalyst for spiritual transformation. Giving voice to profound insights gained through extreme adversity, Ulander movingly captures the depth of trust and commitment among a group of unwitting warriors who struggle to stay alive and sane in unchartered territory. Contents CHAPTER 1: Into the Unknown CHAPTER 2: The Magic Poncho Liner CHAPTER 3: Initiation CHAPTER 4: Head On CHAPTER 5: The Valley of the Shadow CHAPTER 6: Into the Light CHAPTER 7: Short Time CHAPTER 8: No Time CHAPTER 9: Home
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Walking Point

Author : Thomas Myers
ISBN : 0195363841
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Arguing that the unprecedented nature of our first postmodernist war demanded either the revision of traditional modes of war writing or the discovery of new styles that would render the emotional and psychological center of a new national trauma, this study assesses the most important novels and personal memoirs written by Americans about the Vietnam War. Myers examines the work of Tim O'Brien, David Halberstam, Ward Just, Stephen Wright, John Del Vecchio, and others working in the modes of realism, the classical memoir, black humor, revised romanticism, and mnemonic narrative. Drawing on the work of thinkers such as Hayden White, Fredric Jameson, and Michel Foucault--whose understanding of the written text as a battleground of competing historical voices expands any definition of historical text--Myers defines the historical novel as a text that self-consciously and imaginatively shapes lived experience into a readable aesthetic form.
Category: Literary Criticism

Rand In Southeast Asia

Author : Mai Elliott
ISBN : 9780833049155
Genre : History
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This volume chronicles RAND's involvement in researching insurgency and counterinsurgency in Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand during the Vietnam War era and assesses the effect that this research had on U.S. officials and policies. Elliott draws on interviews with former RAND staff and the many studies that RAND produced on these topics to provide a narrative that captures the tenor of the times and conveys the attitudes and thinking of those involved.
Category: History

America S Last Vietnam Battle

Author : Dale Andradé
ISBN : 0700611312
Genre : History
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The most complete examination available of the biggest battle in Vietnam, in which the American military--in its last major campaign in this war--successfully fought off Hanoi's 1972 Easter Offensive. Includes North Vietnamese participant's firsthand accounts of their own experiences in this epic battle.
Category: History

Achilles In Vietnam

Author : Jonathan Shay
ISBN : 9781439124925
Genre : Psychology
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An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.
Category: Psychology

Behind The Wire

Author : James Stoup
ISBN : 9781682131091
Genre : History
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Behind the Wire is a story about the other side of the Vietnam War. It takes place at the beginning of the end of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, from May 1970 to May 1971. Unlike many of the combat stories coming out of this war, this is a story about life in the rear, life behind the wire, and the 365 day experience that was shared by hundreds of thousands of soldiers who went to Vietnam but never saw combat. It’s a story about the large subculture of anti-war/anti-establishment troops that served there, and how they lived and experienced their “year in the Nam.” It’s a story about drugs, sex, rock & roll, insubordination, fraggings, and the incredible lifestyle that evolved in every rank of the military over the ten year course of the war. And it’s a story about an Army that knew it was losing, not only the war, but also the confidence and support of its troops. Just as protesters back home were changing the country’s view and support for the war, so too were many of the troops in Vietnam protesting the war in their own right. This is a real REMF (rear-echelon m--f--) story, as told by a U.S. Army journalist who spent his year in the Nam at the start of the wind-down period of the war.
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When I Turned Nineteen

Author : Glyn Haynie
ISBN : 0998209503
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It's the year 1969. I was serving in the U.S. Army with my brothers of First Platoon Company A 3/1 11th Bde Americal (23rd Infantry) Division. We were average American sons, fathers, husbands, or brothers who'd enlisted or been drafted from all over the United States and who'd all come from different backgrounds. We came together and formed a brotherhood that will last through time. I share my experiences about weeks of boredom and minutes to hours of terror and surviving the heat, carrying a 60-pound rucksack, monsoons, a forest fire, a typhoon, building a firebase, fear, death and fighting the enemy while mentally, physically, and morally exhausted.
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The Sympathizer

Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN : 9780802191694
Genre : Fiction
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The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
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The Lighter Side Of Vietnam

Author : Pat Capainolo
ISBN : 1530881390
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Ceaseless gunfire. Gruesome injuries. Enemies lurking in the dark, muggy jungle-these are the images most people see when they imagine the Vietnam War. In Pat Capainolo's gripping and very human autobiography, we get a much different viewpoint on this historical event. Rather than the horrors of daily enemy assaults, Capainolo describes entirely unexpected dangers-his fellow soldiers. That included Bates-a madman who every day lived up to his nickname from the film Psycho-as well as the soldier who sold sodas from his fridge but got violent when asked for change. The memoir encompasses Capainolo's life from birth in the wake of World War II to his service in Cam Ranh Bay. At every step, Capainolo weaves his story with unwavering honesty, attention to detail, and a touch of humor, creating a captivating look at one man's life and all the crucial ways in which the military derailed, heightened, and shaped the entire course of his story.
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The Quiet American

Author : Graham Greene
ISBN : 9781504052542
Genre : Fiction
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A “masterful . . . brilliantly constructed novel” of love and chaos in 1950s Vietnam (Zadie Smith, The Guardian). It’s 1955 and British journalist Thomas Fowler has been in Vietnam for two years covering the insurgency against French colonial rule. But it’s not just a political tangle that’s kept him tethered to the country. There’s also his lover, Phuong, a young Vietnamese woman who clings to Fowler for protection. Then comes Alden Pyle, an idealistic American working in service of the CIA. Devotedly, disastrously patriotic, he believes neither communism nor colonialism is what’s best for Southeast Asia, but rather a “Third Force”: American democracy by any means necessary. His ideas of conquest include Phuong, to whom he promises a sweet life in the states. But as Pyle’s blind moral conviction wreaks havoc upon innocent lives, it’s ultimately his romantic compulsions that will play a role in his own undoing. Although criticized upon publication as anti-American, Graham Greene’s “complex but compelling story of intrigue and counter-intrigue” would, in a few short years, prove prescient in its own condemnation of American interventionism (The New York Times).
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