Deros Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle

Deros Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle

5.0 1
by Doug Bradley
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle presents a unique, fictional montage of the war, and postwar, experiences of Vietnam support troops. Structurally based on Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, DEROS Vietnam (the acronym stands for Date Eligible for Return from Over Seas) is a riveting collection of 16 short stories and 16 interlinears

Overview

DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle presents a unique, fictional montage of the war, and postwar, experiences of Vietnam support troops. Structurally based on Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, DEROS Vietnam (the acronym stands for Date Eligible for Return from Over Seas) is a riveting collection of 16 short stories and 16 interlinears about the GIs who battled boredom, racial tensions, the military brass, drugs, alcohol—and occasionally the enemy. From cooks and correspondents to clerks and comptrollers, DEROS Vietnam distills the essence of life for soldiers in the rear during the war and, later, back home in a divided America. Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley, a former Army journalist who served in the air-conditioned jungle at U. S. Army Headquarters near Saigon in 1970-71, tells these compelling stories with wit, intensity, and empathy. In doing so, he provides a gateway to a Vietnam experience that has been largely ignored and whose reverberations still echo across America.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
In prose that is adamantly stark and spare, Doug Bradley shares this impressive collection of stories loosely centered around the rarely told experience of those American vets who served in Vietnam in the rear. That he is able to pack so much punch, emotions and poignancy in short stories that are tightly woven and compact is a true testament to his gift as a writer and storyteller.
--Lan Cao, author of Monkey Bridge

The best stories often come late. These DEROS stories from Doug Bradley, a Vietnam scholar who served there more than four decades ago, are among the best I've read. Each story is clear and clean and evocative, looking at the experience from a slightly different angle. The full effect provides a fearful symmetry.
--David Maraniss, author of They Marched into Sunlight

The more common experience of war in all branches of the service is that of support. Bullets, beans, and bandages don't get to the grunts by magic. Doug Bradley's stories explore the Vietnam War as experienced by the majority of its veterans. These stories are not about battle, but like all great stories they are about the battle for the human soul. Bradley is a talented and experienced writer and he describes that battle with clarity, insight, humor, and great skill.
--Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985338817
Publisher:
Warriors Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Doug Bradley is a Madison, Wisconsin-based Vietnam veteran who has written extensively about his Vietnam and post-Vietnam experiences. He also has more than 30 years of experience as a communications professional in higher education, principally with the University of Wisconsin. Doug was drafted into the U. S. Army in March 1970 and served as an information specialist (journalist) at the Army Hometown News Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and U. S. Army Republic of Vietnam (USARV) headquarters near Saigon. Following his discharge and tenure in graduate school, Doug relocated to Madison where he helped establish Vets House, a storefront, community-based service center for Vietnam era veterans.A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany College. He also holds a Masters in English from Washington State University. In addition to writing a blog for the Huffington Post, Doug is the co-author of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Music and the Vietnam Experience with Dr. Craig Werner, UW-Madison Professor of Afro-American Studies, with an anticipated publication in 2013. The two also co-teach a popular course at UW-Madison entitled The Vietnam Era: Music, Media, and Mayhem. Doug and his wife, Pam Shannon, are the parents of two adult children. DEROS Vietnam is his first book.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Deros Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone looking more a more personal, intimate view of the experiences of the Viet Nam veterans far from the front lines. The stories may not be as dramatic, horrific, and heroic as those in daily combat, but they are equally compelling in a very different way. A must read for both Viet Nam vets and for those who were fortunate enough to have missed the war, but are continually trying to better understand the toll it took on all those who did march into the jungle.