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Enduring Vietnam : an American generation and its war

Author
Wright, James Edward, 1939- author.
Title
Enduring Vietnam : an American generation and its war / James Wright.
Format
Book
Edition
First edition.
Published
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
©2017
Description
xvi, 445 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Introduction: a generation goes to war
  • Memorial days
  • Dong Ap Bia: becoming Hamburger Hill
  • Passing the torch to a new generation
  • Receiving the torch
  • Not their father's way of war
  • The Vietnam War in America
  • The American war in Vietnam
  • Getting out of this place
  • Duck and cover
  • Enduring Vietnam: a story that has no end.
Summary
The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows. Enduring Vietnam recounts the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of families who grieved those who did not return. By 1969 nearly half of the junior enlisted men who died in Vietnam were draftees. And their median age was 21--among the non-draftees it was only 20. The book describes the "baby boomers" growing up in the 1950s, why they went into the military, what they thought of the war, and what it was like to serve in "Nam." And to come home. With a rich narrative of the Battle for "Hamburger Hill, " and through substantial interviews with those who served, the book depicts the cruelty of this war, and its quiet acts of courage. James Wright's Enduring Vietnam provides an important dimension to the profile of an American generation--and a rich account of an American War. -- Publisher description
Subject headings
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Influence.
ISBN
9781250092489 hardcover
1250092485 hardcover
9781250092496 electronic book
1250092485
1250092493

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
DS558 .W76 2017
Location
Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks
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Library
Kokomo Library
Call Number
DS558 .W76 2017
Location
Stacks
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