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Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Tour of Duty sets the record straight on Kerry's honorable service

In Tour of Duty, author Douglas Brinkley presents a thoroughly researched account of Senator John Kerry's years as a Naval Lieutenant in Vietnam. From the authors interviews with people who were actually there, we are led to the indubitable conclusion that Kerry, one o...
In Tour of Duty, author Douglas Brinkley presents a thoroughly researched account of Senator John Kerry's years as a Naval Lieutenant in Vietnam. From the authors interviews with people who were actually there, we are led to the indubitable conclusion that Kerry, one of the most highly decorated swift boat officers during the Vietnam War, deserved his accolades. The book puts to rest the politically motivated revisionist spoutings of the so-called 'Swiftboat Veterans for Truth'. Also explored with great detail are Kerry's antiwar activities following his Vietnam service. It is interesting to find that the vast bulk of Kerry's work during this period was aimed at fighting for improved medical care and VA funding for injured and war-torn vets, demands that the Nixon administration ignored outright. Also notable is the fact that Kerry, when he senced that Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) was turning radical, resigned from the group in protest. This is something the SBVT and other Bush front groups certainly don't want the public to know about during this election cycle. Finally, we learn that the tactic of going back and attempting to discredit the service of honorable veterans is a remnant of a deplorable tactic used by the Nixon administration and Republican operatives some thirty years ago. Some things never change.

posted by Anonymous on August 23, 2004

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Those who tell the history get to make up the history

Based on other accounts of John Kerry's time in Vietnam and his voting record and public comments whiel in the Senate, this book seems more like propaganda than a purely factual history. Since when is it brave or noble to 'chase down and finish off a wounded and retrea...
Based on other accounts of John Kerry's time in Vietnam and his voting record and public comments whiel in the Senate, this book seems more like propaganda than a purely factual history. Since when is it brave or noble to 'chase down and finish off a wounded and retreating enemy solider' as one acount tells of Kerry's silver star. Never more has the saying three sides to every story seemed more true. Each side has their verson and the truth is somewhere in between.

posted by Anonymous on April 27, 2004

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    What a load of crap. His silver star (yes I am a combat vet) loo

    What a load of crap. His silver star (yes I am a combat vet) looked like a normal day in combat to me. Wounded three times and sent home? Wow I wish I would have gotten sent home for three scratches. Pure hack stuff and garbage. He is every bit the blowhard I thought him to be!

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