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Between March and September of 1974, as Richard Nixon's presidency unraveled on national television, Bill Ehrhart, a decorated Marine Corps sergeant and antiwar Vietnam veteran, fought to retain his merchant seaman's card after being busted for possession of marijuana. He was also arrested on suspicion of armed robbery in New York City, detained on the Garden State Parkway for looking like a Puerto Rican revolutionary, and thrown out of New Jersey by the Maple Shade police. All of this occurred while the House ...
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Between March and September 1974, as Richard Nixon's presidency unraveled on national television, Bill Ehrhart, a decorated Marine Corps sergeant and antiwar Vietnam veteran, ... fought to retain his merchant seaman's card after being busted for marijuana. He also had a number of other arrests, and was thrown out of New Jersey by the Maple Shade police. All occurred while the House Judiciary Committee conducted hearings on Nixon's impeachment. Busted shows an acute awareness of the ironies of these juxtapositions, as Ehrhart recounts a surreal cross-country journey in search of justice in a nation that has lost it's way, betrayed by its leaders. This is the third book of a series. The first two are Vietnam-Perkasie and Passing Time. Bound in black cloth. Read more Show Less

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Between March and September of 1974, as Richard Nixon's presidency unraveled on national television, Bill Ehrhart, a decorated Marine Corps sergeant and antiwar Vietnam veteran, fought to retain his merchant seaman's card after being busted for possession of marijuana. He was also arrested on suspicion of armed robbery in New York City, detained on the Garden State Parkway for looking like a Puerto Rican revolutionary, and thrown out of New Jersey by the Maple Shade police. All of this occurred while the House Judiciary Committee conducted hearings on Nixon's impeachment. "Busted" shows an acute awareness of the ironies of these juxtapositions, as Ehrhart recounts a surreal cross-country journey in search of justice in a nation that has lost its way, betrayed by its leaders. Picking up the narrative of "Vietnam-Perkasie" and "Passing Time," this third book in Ehrhart's Vietnam War trilogy is an exploration of the contradiction between law and justice in Nixon's America and an examination of why the wounds inflicted on the United States by the war are so slow to heal.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of the memoirs Persakie-Vietnam and Passing Time completes his trilogy on the war and his reaction to it with this account of how he got busted for possession of marijuana, was harassed by cops in New York and New Jersey for his countercultural appearance and won his legal battle to retain his seaman's card. It isn't clear who the bad guys are in these pages other than ``the Rusks and the Rostows and the McNamaras and the Bundys'' and their ilk, nor why the government is culpable for his bitter reaction to military service, since he volunteered for the Marines and Vietnam. What is clear is that Ehrhart, 47, is mired in simplistic sensibilities, viewing all authority as evil, expressing admiration for the Symbionese Liberation Front, agreeing with a pal that presidents are ``always assholes.'' (May)
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This is the third book in the author's autobiographical trilogy. Ehrhart, who served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam from February 1967 to February 1968 and became an anti-war protestor on his return to the US, recounts his struggle to retain his merchant seaman's card after being busted for possession of marijuana, and explores the contradiction between law and justice during Nixon's impeachment hearings. Of interest to students and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870239557
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/1995
  • Pages: 176
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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