The Soldiers' Story: Vietnam in Their Own Words (Fall River Press Series)

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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.

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Overview

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 theperils 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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Editorial Reviews

Stanley Karnow
Nobody relates the story of the Vietnam tragedy better than the young Americans who fought there...The Soldiers' Story ranks among the most vivid accounts of the war.
Author of Vietnam: A History
New York Newsday
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435136021
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 296,259
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (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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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    A Must Read!

    If you enjoy stories told by true American Soldiers, then this book is a must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    a great read!!

    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..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Great info on the fighting in Nam This book goes into great dept

    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. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    To come out a talk about the war it is hard

    Thanks to all the troops who served the usa

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    True life stories of love and friendship

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Highly recommended-you must read it to get the true story.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Excellent read

    Takes you there

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Very Good Book

    I have read many books about the Viet Nam war but this is one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Good read

    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. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    very well written

    This was organized nicely and was easy to follow.

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