The Soldiers' Story: Vietnam in Their Own Words (Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series)
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The Soldiers' Story: Vietnam in Their Own Words (Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series)

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by Ron Steinman
     
 

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Most history-minded Americans have discussed the Vietnam War, becoming familiar, at the very least, with the names of such pivotal events as the Siege of Khe Sanh, the Tet Offensive, and the Fall of Saigon. But to grasp the full impact of this agonizing conflict, the human costs of an infernal war that raged for ten years and took more than 58,000 American lives,

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Most history-minded Americans have discussed the Vietnam War, becoming familiar, at the very least, with the names of such pivotal events as the Siege of Khe Sanh, the Tet Offensive, and the Fall of Saigon. But to grasp the full impact of this agonizing conflict, the human costs of an infernal war that raged for ten years and took more than 58,000 American lives, one must hear about it from the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who experienced the fighting and endured.

In The Soldiers’ Story, veteran journalist Ron Steinman gathers the candid reminiscences of seventy-six men who survived combat in Vietnam. Not a military analysis or political study, this oral history vividly conveys the hardships, friendships, fears, and personal triumphs of Marine, Army, Air Force, and Navy veterans—each of whom shares memories that have lingered to this day. It is a valuable frontline record of battle-torn Vietnam from the perspective of those who lived it first-hand, giving us a window into the horror, intensity, and raw courage that the war engendered.

For this tenth anniversary reissue of the book, at a time of the continued commitment of American military forces on other continents, Steinman has added a brief new foreword, addressing the ongoing significance of soldiers’ stories—both to themselves and to their families.

Praise for The Soldiers’ Story:

“Ranks among the most vivid accounts of the war.”—Stanley Karnow

“Their stories are as dangerous as the battles they fought—stunning, plain-spoken recollections that reveal the terror of combat and the perils of a far-off war and the folly of government policy.”— New York Newsday

“A powerful book that brings to life the triumphs and tragedies experienced by American soldiers in Vietnam. This excellent compilation belongs on every Vietnam bookshelf.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435109490
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
06/25/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Steinman an award-winning news journalist and television producer, was NBC Bureau Chief in Saigon for two years, leading that network's coverage of the Tet Offensive. His awards include a Peabody, a National Press Club Award, and five Emmy nominations. He is executive editor of The Digital Journalist.

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The Soldiers' Story: Vietnam in Their Own Words (Fall River Press Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
JuliaL More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy stories told by true American Soldiers, then this book is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on the vietnam war and this one is to say the least one of my favorites.. I enjoy how it's divided up to several different people's stories..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great info on the fighting in Nam This book goes into great depth on the different perspectives of the war. Each person puts their own special mix into their part making the overall book great. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The emotion from the soldiers is felt through their words. It has given me a better perspective of the men in battle, the terrain where they fought, as well as an appreciation for the Vietnam Veterans and their families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt a great sense of pride and now have a greater appreciation for our troops that served in Vietnam. Reading the personal accounts and learning more of the daily horrors our troops were confronted with was better than learning it out of a school text book. The book is truly inspirational and a great testament to the honor and courage our troops displayed under the worst combat conditions.
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Takes you there
johnnyvegas More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about the Viet Nam war but this is one of the best.
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Thanks to all the troops who served the usa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a nice easy read. Ron did good with adding true storys other than more of a fiction type. I recommend buyinb the book and reading it for your self. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was organized nicely and was easy to follow.
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I like guns