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"This incredible story, which plunges us immediately into the bloodiest aspects of the war, is also a suspenseful autobiography that will keep you chewing your fingernails to see if Van Devanter survives any of it at all. She proves herself a natural storyteller. . . . The most extraordinary part in this book is Van Devanter's plight after the war-her attempt to retrieve the love of her family, only to realize they don't want to see her slides, hear her stories; her assignment to menial duties at Walter Reed Army Hospital. . . . How Van Devanter
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Overview

"This incredible story, which plunges us immediately into the bloodiest aspects of the war, is also a suspenseful autobiography that will keep you chewing your fingernails to see if Van Devanter survives any of it at all. She proves herself a natural storyteller. . . . The most extraordinary part in this book is Van Devanter's plight after the war-her attempt to retrieve the love of her family, only to realize they don't want to see her slides, hear her stories; her assignment to menial duties at Walter Reed Army Hospital. . . . How Van Devanter survives all of this to become, incredibly, a stronger person for it is what makes her book so riveting."-San Francisco Chronicle

"An awesome, painfully honest look at war through a woman's eyes. Her letters home and startling images of life in a combat zone-surgeons fighting to save a Vietnamese baby wounded in utero, the ever-present stench of napalm-charred flesh, a beloved priest's gentle humor and appalling death, the casual heroism of her colleagues, a Vietnamese 'Papa-san' trying to talk his dead child back to life, a haunting snapshot dropped by a dying soldier with no face-tell the story of a young American's rude initiation to the best and the worst of humanity."-Washington Post

"Moving, powerful . . . a healing book."-Ms. Magazine

"This book reads like a diary: unguarded, heartfelt. . . . [It] is both moving and valu-able, for reminding us so vividly that war is indeed hell . . . and that its most tested heroes are the doctors and nurses who doggedly labor not just to save life, but also to keep their respect for it, even as their surviving patients are sent out, once more, unto the breach."-Harper's Magazine

"In Vietnam, reality hit fast: Van Devanter's plane was fired on when it landed in Saigon; and after three days of adjustment, she was assigned to the 71st Evacuation Hospital, a 'MASH-type facility' near the Cambodian border. There, the casualties, . . . the personal danger, the fatigue, the heat, rain, and mud, the harassment of officers enforcing petty regulations, and above all the meaninglessness of American involvement rapidly put an end to Van Devanter's blind patriotism, her innocence, and her youth. . . . Van Devanter brings us face to face with the toll that undeclared war took on its combatants."-Kirkus Reviews

"If you read only one work about Vietnam, make this the one. . . . This is the way it was, as seen through the eyes of an army second lieutenant when she was twenty-two. I believe her completely, because this reviewer remembers Vietnam the same way, when he was a nineteen-year-old Marine PFC."-Deseret Sentinel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558492981
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 139,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Unforgettable

    I read this when it first came out in the late 1980's, while still in high school. My father was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and I wanted to understand not only what the men went through but what the women went through too. I've never forgotten this story and those women that gave up so much, especially their innocence. It's a book I've come back to several times over the years and one I still pick up to read. I am greatful for those that gave so much and still teach me about sacrifice for ones country and fellow man today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    Astounding Book

    Must read for any veteran (especially women). This book shows that you are not alone. She has done more for Vietnam Veterans and women service members than most.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Read In Two Days

    For an assignment in one of my classes, I was required to read this amazing tale. I wasn't expecting much out of this since it was required reading, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's also a very easy read, as I read it in only two days. I finished reading the book a few weeks ago but still find myself thinking of Lynda and the days in Vietnam. It gives the most realistic picture of war that I have ever seen or read. I got so attached to Lynda, that I was incredibly sad at the end of the book to learn that she had passed away at the age of 55 due to an illness caused by Agent Orange in Vietnam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    I am sick that we are doing it again.

    Excellent, puts you right in the middle of the trama ward. I can see who some of the charcters of China Beach were based. Really underlines the futuality of war. Makes you realize how out of touch our government is with it's people. The only thing the Federal government should do is deliver the mail and defend our 'SHORES'. And I'm not sure they can handle that. America is the only one with the right answer. We never bothered to learn the culture or determination of the Vietnam people. That's why we got our rear end kicked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    It's about time!

    It's about time someone wrote a book about the women who risked their lives in Vietnam. This is a wonderful book. I was especially moved by the part about what happened to Lynda when she came home and had to deal with the change in attitude in the country, as well as her own Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. What a life! This is one brave tough lady.

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