Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

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by Bernard Edelman
     
 

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"An overwhelmingly eloquent book of the purest and most simple writing on Vietnam."—David Halberstam
Nearly forty years after the official end of the Vietnam War, Dear America allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200 letters, they share their first impressions of the… See more details below

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"An overwhelmingly eloquent book of the purest and most simple writing on Vietnam."—David Halberstam
Nearly forty years after the official end of the Vietnam War, Dear America allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200 letters, they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in the bush, their longing for home and family, their emotions over the conduct of the war, and their ache at the loss of a friend in battle. Poignant in their rare honesty, the letters from Vietnam are "riveting,... extraordinary by [their] very ordinariness... for the most part, neither deep nor philosophical, only very, very human" (Los Angeles Times). Revealing the complex emotions and daily realities of fighting in the war, these close accounts offer a powerful, uniquely personal portrait of the many faces of Vietnam's veterans.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
“Not a history book, not a war novel.... Dear America is a book of truth.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Dear America is more than correspondence from homesick GIs. It is a collective letter to the nation and its government, a plea that asks: Why did you do this to your children? To America? For the sake of our country, don't let this happen again.”
Baltimore Sun
“Dear America is painful, but it must be difficult to be realistic and entertaining about war.... Reading it, I felt I was listening to the voices of the men and women who lived and fought in Vietnam.”
Washington Post Book World
“Dear America tells of an ache as ancient as time—adolescents off to war with high expectations, who soon change greatly. Ambiguities abound—from pain, disillusionment and sorrow for dead comrades to a hard-earned measure of individual strength and survival.”
Kurt Vonnegut
“Here is the sad and beautiful countermelody of truth, audible at last, now that we have trashed the drums and cymbals of yet another senseless war.”
Peter Arnett
“No full understanding of the most disastrous foreign war in American history can be complete without reading these letters from the GIs to their loved ones back home.”
David Halberstam
An overwhelmingly eloquent book of the purest and most simple writing on Vietnam.
Bob Herbert
Always an extremely moving read, but I think never more than now.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is a poignant collection of letters and poems, mostly to loved ones back home, written by soldiers while serving in Vietnam. Ordered roughly by a typical GI's year of service (arrival ``in-country,'' leave, etc.), the selections range from brave and philosophical to raging and grief-stricken. ``Last Letters,'' the chapter containing missives sent by men shortly before their deaths, is particularly haunting. ``This book provides valuable insight into what `grunts' went through,'' PW stated. Major ad/promo. February
KLIATT
Originally published in 1985, this collection of over 200 letters still provides a moving account of the war in Vietnam. In 1988, an HBO film starring Tom Berenger, Kathleen Turner, and Robert DeNiro, among over two dozen other actors, featured readings of these real letters from soldiers as newsreels, home movies, and music from the era provided a backdrop. David Halberstam says, "An overwhelmingly eloquent book of the purest and most simple writing on Vietnam," and the Boston Globe review states, "Not a history book, not a war novel, Dear America is a book of truth." In the 2002 introduction to this edition, Senator John McCain writes: Dear America tells another story, at once uplifting and tragic: how young Americans, proud and scared, lived, suffered, and died for their country and their convictions in a war as distant from the United States as the Western front was near the homelands of the Allied troops in its trenches (during the Great War). The light that shines through the words in this volume, radiating from the fog of war, illuminates the conscience and character of America. A proud and triumphant nation, now engaged in a new struggle for freedom, we remember. Powerful primary source material for history classes and students. Category: History & Geography. KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1985, Norton, 328p., , Norwood, MA

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ISBN-13:
9780393323047
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
169,491
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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