A Quiet Voiceby Eugene Hairston
The year is 1968. Eugene (Tree) Hairston, an eighteen year old from the ghetto in Portsmouth VA, joins the service to get away from his abusive family. Serving in Vietnam, Hairston runs headlong into blatant racial discrimination and angers his superiors by reporting it. A sergeant, who loses a promotion because of the report, has Hairston bound and beaten, takes him up in a helicopter, and shoves him out into Viet Cong territory, to his probable death. Miraculously, Hairston is rescued three days later is given the option to leave the service.
At home, his untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder completely overtakes his life; the only way he is able to cope is by using drugs and alcohol. Unable to support his family or his habit, he turns to criminal activity and eventually becomes a successful drug dealer. His many attempts to get clean and sober fail; eventually he serves three prison sentences: for burglary, armed robbery, and drug dealing.
In an effort to change his life, Hairston moves to Tampa, Florida, where he ends up living on the streets for eight long years. This book follows him through his desperate addiction to the moment his life changed.
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Mr.Hairston's account of his life, before, during, and after the military is stunning, raw, and not for the faint-of-heart. He survived his youth, his tour in Vietnam, prison, homelessness, and drug addiction to rise to the top. Mr. Hairston remindes us that no one has to be a 'lost soul.' I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in how lives can change. I am surprised that Oprah hasn't found out about him yet!
This book isn't only for those that have PTSD or suffer with addiction. It is for anyone whose world is limited by what they tell themselves. In this book I witnessed hope, then faith and because of that, incredible success. What an amazing story!
OUTSTANDING¿The book was the best I have ever read. I could not put the book down! It only took me one weekend to read this eye-opening phenomenal book. I can not get it back from all my friends wanting to read it! This book should be in the High Schools to teach teenagers that no goal in life is out of their reach they can do anything in life if they work hard enough. We would have less drop-outs from the school system, if they had an opportunity to read a great insightful book like this one. The author really gives you the true meaning of all the challenges and peer pressure he faced in life. So much of his honesty parallel¿s what our youth are faced with today!