Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral Historyby Wallace Terry
The national bestseller that tells the truth of about Vietnam from the black soldiers' perspective. An oral history unlike any other, BLOODS features twenty black men who tell the story of how members of their race were sent off in disproportionate numbers and the
"Simply the most powerful and moving book that has emerged on this topic." UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
The national bestseller that tells the truth of about Vietnam from the black soldiers' perspective. An oral history unlike any other, BLOODS features twenty black men who tell the story of how members of their race were sent off in disproportionate numbers and the special test of patriotism they faced. Told in voices no reader will soon forget, BLOODS is a must-read for anyone who wants to put the Vietnam experience in historical, cultural, and political perspective.
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This book contains very explicit and graphic short stories by many African-American veterans. The conflict in the stories are all the same; war, post-traumatic stress disorder, anger, etc. All the usual affects after a soldier has survived combat in war. But most of the time the conflict is man vs. man and sometimes man vs. self. These conflicts are often interesting to read about because of the background that the characters are in and what kind of mood the story makes the reader feel. This story is by far my most favorite of all stories that I have read because of all the dramatic scenes and the way the author wrote it. It makes you feel as if your in the Vietnam war with the soldiers of the Vietnam war. And me liking stories about war makes this book even more interesting. Out of all the stories there is only one that stuck in my head. The title of the story is Specialist 4 Richard J. Ford III, Washington D.C.; L.U.R.P. 25 infantry division, U.S. Army, hill 54, June 1967- July 1968. This story is amazing to me. In this story the person is at his house and its 4th of July, and all of a sudden he is taking cover because he thinks that the fireworks are actual bombs going off, and as he is there thinking he has a flashback of the war. He describes everything so well that I can imagine myself in his shoes watching everything he is watching. I wish I could tell you the whole story of Richard J. Ford III. But this is where I stop. There is nothing I didn't like about the book. But I expected it to be a story of one character, and I expected it to contain chapters but it doesn't. but this book is still good. I also encountered that this story has strong language and slang dialect, it also contains torture scenes and gory descriptions. I strongly recommend this book to people who like reading about combat and war. You will not be disappointed.
Quite a harrowing read! This book never quits! And after the harrowing trip it has the nerve to be touching at the end. I would read this book again. EXCELLENT BOOK!!!!!
I disagree with the previous comment's'. This book reflects what many people prefer to ignore and that is racism exist. Hate breeds hate that's true. The book is letting America know what happened just a few years ago. The truth should not hurt-it should free us from the errors of our ways. I served as a military officer and I know first hand that most of the guys in the military'black and white' are pretty good people. Unfortunately, there will always be people who have less than honorable opinions about others. It's just ridiculous. These are stories from individuals who lived during a time when their service to America meant nothing because their skin color was black. Many fought and died for nothing. In essence, they fought two wars. They fought the whites in Garrison and fought the Viet-Cong in field. There is no justification for this whatsoever and is one of the many shames of America. The blame for all who commented negatively is theirs and the rest of America for allowing this type of discussion to occur in the first place. The book is a reflection of America and most people don't like what they see. If everyone stood up and fought racism, it would not be nearly as influential as it is today. What have you done to personally fight racism? 911 showed what America could be-but as soon as things got back to normal, the bigots were back at their jobs-both black and white bigots. Both are repulsive. 'Bloods' is an account of an experience. I was deeply moved by these stories. In disbelief, I just shook my head. Some may argue what is or what isn't true. What I do know is that the implications are real. Don't be jealous because you didn't write the book. Write your own book and let's read what you have to say. The book is worth the read for those who want to have a better understanding of an experience that they are too chicken to experience themselves. Yes, it's easy to say this and that about a point of view when you've never had to go through this blatant bigotry like these guys did. Not only that, then they came home to streets filled with blood because they were refused recognition as true Americans. The book provides valuable lessons for all of us. Remember, as long as racism lives none of us-black or white are truly safe. The world you see is the world you helped create.
A good book...sure. The bible it aint. The blacks were not exclusive in doing the fighting in Vietnam. They were assigned, generally, based on their term of enlistment, just like the whites. No prejudice, no special treatment. In the platoons I served with during the 1968-1970 time frame, (0331-USMC) we had racial tensions. These feelings were generaly generated by the troublemakers who felt Whitey owed them although there were lifers who made ALL of our lives miserable. The majority of blacks, however, were good Marines who wanted to survive, do a good job, and get home in 1 piece. You may not like my comments but thats the way it was.
The best compilation of interviews from war vets ever compiled. The movie 'Dead Presidents' is based on these great interviews. Which I recommend you watch before you read this book.
I was a small child during the Vietnam War, but I remember a young man in the neighborhood who 'went to war' we were told as kids. He was never the same when he returned and we kids weren't allow to asked questions. Bloods answered the questions I had about Vietnam Vet, the sheer horror that these men when through. Wallace Terry told those men stories and thousands of others. I had to pause from reading it because Mr. Terry recount of these men's stories was so vivid, so real, that I could hear the mortars, feel the horror that these men experience. This book should be in history classes.
This book as they used to say 'tells it like it is.' With each of the twenty soldiers telling their story, the reader gets a clear idea of what they experienced during this tragic time. Their youthful hope, friendships and love is inspiring.
I've read lots of books on Viet-Nam,Always looking for a new perspective of the war from lots of views . From grunts to pouges. From E.M.s to Officers. This has all of that plus more! For those of us too young to remember the racist attitudes of america in the sixties and how it affected the army in Viet-Nam, this will open up some eyes. Great stories from true Patriots. Men who deserve more than our thanks...Our Respect.