Enduring Vietnam by James Wright audiobook

Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War

By James Wright
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Blackstone Publishing 9781250092489

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538414194

  • ISBN: 9781538414187

  • ISBN: 9781538414200

  • ISBN: 9781538424773

Runtime: 15.57 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Fiinalist for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Nonfiction

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2017

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. Their median age was twenty-one―among the non-draftees it was only twenty. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This clear, concise, and highly readable book is a must-read for anybody who wants to understand the Vietnam War.” Karl Marlantes, Vietnam veteran and New York Times bestselling author
“With Jim Wright’s new book, we take a giant step closer to unlocking the mystery and gain, at the same time, the intimate consequences of the conflict many of us would rather forget.” Ken Burns, filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author
"[A] superb book.” Vietnam Magazine
“Excellent…[An] important investigation of the Vietnam War and its effects on an entire generation.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Deserves high praise…There have been hundreds of books written about the Vietnam War, but this is among the most powerful and heartbreaking.” Booklist (starred review)
“A tribute to Americans who saw the worst that the Vietnam War offered [and] a broad look at the domestic and geopolitical factors that led to the US getting involved.” Kirkus Reviews
“In this well-researched and readable work, Wright…takes a deep look at a particular segment of an American generation—men who took part in ground combat in the Vietnam War.” Publishers Weekly
“Broad in scope and as human a history as could be written of the ‘endurin’ impact of our nation’s Vietnam experience, this is a beautiful piece of work.” James N. Mattis, General (Ret.), United States Marine Corps
“An important addition to the literature of the Vietnam War.” Peter S. Prichard, Vietnam veteran and Chairman of Newseum
“Wright takes us from the harrowing bloodbath of Hamburger Hill to the troubled homecomings of veterans and never reduces the human complexity of his subject with sentimentality or broad-brush polemics.” Christian Appy, author of Patriots
“Anyone who wants a glimpse into the psyche of the Vietnam combat veteran should—must—read Enduring Vietnam.” Bernard Edelman, Vietnam veteran and editor of Dear America

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: James Wright

Author Bio: James Wright

James Wright is president emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History emeritus at Dartmouth College and the author or editor of several books, including Those Who Have Borne the Battle. His efforts on behalf of veterans and education have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and more.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English