Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War

Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War

by James Wright

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538414200
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Scott Dikkers is a comedy writer, speaker, entrepreneur, and founding and longest serving editor-in-chief The Onion. He co-wrote and edited the New York Times bestselling books Our Dumb World and Our Dumb Century, and currently hosts “The Comedy Insider Podcast”.

Table of Contents

Preface: Visiting VietnamIntroduction: A Generation Goes to War1. Memorial Days2. Dong Ap Bia: Becoming Hamburger Hill3. Passing the Torch to a New Generation4. Receiving the Torch5. Not Their Fathers' Way of WarTransistions: The Vietnam War in America6. The American War in Vietnam7. Getting out of This Place8. Duck and Cover9. Enduring Vietnam: A Story That Has No End

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