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Walking Point

Author: Perry A. Ulander
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623170133
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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

Rand In Southeast Asia

Author: Mai Elliott
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833049151
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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.

Achilles In Vietnam

Author: Jonathan Shay
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439124922
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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.

Behind The Wire

Author: James Stoup
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1682131092
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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.

The Quiet American

Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504052544
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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).

Walking Point

Author: R. Nevens
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692507025
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With a foreword written by Susan Bahary, the critically acclaimed sculptor of the Always Faithful memorial, Walking Point takes the reader through a rich and compelling tale of love, loss, and victory. It revolves around a young Marine assigned to the War Dog platoon that helped liberate Guam from the Japanese during World War II. John Markle leaves his small farm town in Little Rock, boards a train bound for North Carolina, and there meets Emily, a beautiful and witty Dogs for Defense volunteer dog trainer. She quickly steals his heart. Private John Markle is assigned to Duke , a donated Doberman pinscher that fell victim to his family's hard times during the Great Depression. Private Markle learns to cope with the heartache and horrors of battle in the Pacific with Duke by his side. Letters from Emily and Tommy, the young boy whose family donated Duke, help him maintain hope even though his fight for survival has him and his platoon questioning their actions and moral compass.

Where The Ashes Are

Author: Quí Đức Nguyễn
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN:
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In a memoir detailing the horrors of life in Vietnam under communism, the author recreates his family's escape and eventual reunion in America, closing with an incisive look at Vietnam today. 15,000 first printing.

Walking To Mercury

Author: Starhawk
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307808920
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In The Fifth Sacred Thing, readers fell in love with Maya Greenwood, the 98-year-old writer who led Northern California's successful 21st century rebellion against a racist, totalitarian regime of the South. Walking to Mercury takes readers back to the 20th century and powerfully dramatizes the forces that shaped this extraordinary woman.The book opens and closes with the middle-aged Maya struggling with a profound personal and spiritual crisis. The culminating factor has been her mother's death, and now Maya embarks on a trek in the Himalayas, intending to sprinkle her mother's ashes at the base of Mt. Everest and finally lay to rest her tumultuous past. At rest stops in tiny Tibetan villages, she reads diary pages her lover Johanna has tucked into her bag—the diary Johanna kept throughout their shared youth during the Vietnam era.In vivid flashbacks to those radical days, we accompany the young Maya as she awakens to the summer of love, joins the anti-war movement, and enters into a relationship with the abusive, alcoholic Rio. She finally gathers the strength to break free and seek her own true path, which takes her from the streets of Manhattan to the mountains of Mexico. Eventually she emerges, stronger and wiser, infused with the wisdom of the earth and the spirit of the goddess. Traveling through the landscape of memories helps Maya reclaim her past and foreshadows the miraculous events readers of The Fifth Sacred Thing know her to be capable of in the future. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Secrets

Author: Daniel Ellsberg
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101191317
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The true story of the leaking of the Pentagon Papers, the event which inspired Steven Spielberg’s feature film The Post In 1971 former Cold War hard-liner Daniel Ellsberg made history by releasing the Pentagon Papers - a 7,000-page top-secret study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam - to the New York Times and Washington Post. The document set in motion a chain of events that ended not only the Nixon presidency but the Vietnam War. In this remarkable memoir, Ellsberg describes in dramatic detail the two years he spent in Vietnam as a U.S. State Department observer, and how he came to risk his career and freedom to expose the deceptions and delusions that shaped three decades of American foreign policy. The story of one man's exploration of conscience, Secrets is also a portrait of America at a perilous crossroad. "[Ellsberg's] well-told memoir sticks in the mind and will be a powerful testament for future students of a war that the United States should never have fought." -The Washington Post "Ellsberg's deft critique of secrecy in government is an invaluable contribution to understanding one of our nation's darkest hours." -Theodore Roszak, San Francisco Chronicle

Mekong Mud Dogs

Author: Ed Eaton
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781505266986
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1st Place Gold eLit award winner: Mekong Mud Dogs an autobiography that follows Ed Eaton from small town USA, thru Vietnam and back home to the trials and tribulations of returning. Ed tells his story of going from Pointman to Platoon Sgt. and Sniper with the River Raiders of the Mekong Delta. The book also includes the story of Apr. 3, 1969 which garnered Ed a recommendation for the Medal of Honor which is still active.