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The Angel From Vietnam
     

The Angel From Vietnam

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by Jim Stewart
 

In 1970, after four years in Vietnam, Jim Stewart left behind his daughter, Phuong. It is estimated that fifty thousand Amerasians were left behind when America pulled out of the country for good in 1973. Jim carried this with him for years after the war. Join him on his journey through personal tragedy as a young boy in Maryland, his often humorous adventures in

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In 1970, after four years in Vietnam, Jim Stewart left behind his daughter, Phuong. It is estimated that fifty thousand Amerasians were left behind when America pulled out of the country for good in 1973. Jim carried this with him for years after the war. Join him on his journey through personal tragedy as a young boy in Maryland, his often humorous adventures in the Army, and the serious events that took place during his years in Vietnam and afterwards. Often humorous, with a wide array of memorable characters in his life, this is a story that will bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, and leave you with a sense of spiritual healing. All from The Angel from Vietnam.

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ISBN-13:
9781413723182
Publisher:
Publish America
Publication date:
09/17/2007
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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The Angel From Vietnam 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Rob_Ballister More than 1 year ago
Jim Stewart's THE ANGEL FROM VIETNAM is not your typical Vietnam story. It's short on combat, but long on emotional material. Jim Stewart grew up in rural northeastern Maryland. After the loss of his father on the day he was supposed to graduate high school, he doesn't know what to do with himself, and joins the Army. Despite almost being disqualified for loss of hearing, he becomes a military policeman and deploys to Vietnam, where he falls in love with Mai, and after two tours in Vietnam he returns as a civilian government employee to spend more time with her. He fathers a child, but she refuses to come to America and he feels he can't stay anymore, so he reluctantly returns to the states. He struggles with the fact that Vietnam felt like home, but "home" in the US does not. Eventually he finds his way, and through a new love finds teh strength to reach out and find Mai to close that chapter in his life. The author writes with pure emotion, with a knack for capturing conversation between he and his family, he and Mai, and he and has fellow soldiers. This adds a high degree of credibility to the book. I was also impressed with how much of his upbringing he shared, specifically about the relationship between he and his father, which set the stage for some of the later actions in his life. Vietnam vets can certainly relate to this book, as well as anyone who has had to bridge a culture gap for the sake of love. If you don't find this review helpful, please drop a note as to why so I may continue to improve my reviews. Many thanks.
Bernie-Weisz More than 1 year ago
I defy the reader of this book not to read this in one sitting! It's almost impossible to put down. The author, Jim Stewart, in his writing debut, expresses himself so clearly, emotionally and graphically, you get visual pictures in your mind of the descriptions you read! There is a part of everyone's life experienced that the reader will be able to identify with within the pages of this book. This is a story where Stewart looks back on his life, sadly interrupted by the Vietnam War, the loss of his lover, his daughter (and later, he finds out his son, too!) and the sadness of excommunication from his family because of his choices. Originally written as "The Ghosts of Vietnam" (renamed "The Angel of Vietnam" to improve marketability, the book starts off with a prophetic quote:"Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions for your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great. Look at my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins". You are forewarned that a "heavy story" is coming up. Stewart was never in combat or was fired upon by the enemy, but he certainly was a psychological casualty, as his "wounding" in many ways hurt much more than a physical wound. Stewart starts off this book asserting that most Vietnam Vets today, aside from those involved in some of the unfortunate tragedies of the war (the My Lai Massacre, for instance) don't regret their tours of duty and wouldn't change any of it, whether positive or negative. They very much resent the undeserving and false stereotypes heaped upon them, such as "baby-killer, "junkie" and "loser" heaped upon them for many years after the end of the war. Stewart has the intelligence to look back at it philosophically and sum up the American Experience, and his personally as:"to me there are no "bad guys", it was a nation at war, and although I may not have understood it much then, I have come to realize that it was a country fighting for it's future. Stewart met a woman while in Vietnam named Mai. He begged her to marry him and take a daughter they had to America. Repeatedly being snubbed and fed up, Stewart left Vietnam at the end of his tour, never to return. He spent the next 17 years drinking too much, living in self pity, and searching for his daughter. Then, 32 years later, through Internet search, he found out Mai had escaped Vietnam via the Philippines and moved to the U.S. Mai lived in Dallas, Texas, was married to a Vietnamese man and had 4 kids. Finally, the day came, whereupon after finding out Jim was searching for her, Mai called Jim at this job, at the Brawley, San Diego Police Dept. in California. In a tearful conversation, Stewart found out that just like the 10 year old girl he witnessed killed in the streets of Saigon, the same thing happened with Phong. She was killed in 1977 when she was playing in the street with her best friend and were both hit by a big truck. They were, according to Mai, buried together. Stewart also found out that Mai became pregnant with a boy in their last union, with the result being a miscarriage. This incredible story ends with Jim dozing, having a dream with his daughter telling him: "don't worry papa, everything's okay". He was forgiven. This book was originally entitled "The Ghosts of Vietnam" and with that dream, "the ghosts" were gone, and Jim was at peace. This story is for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished your book. I really enjoyed reading about your life and it really touched me the things that you had to deal with. During my time reading, I laughed, I laughed really hard, I cried, and I laughed and cried at the same time. I haven't read a book that made me do ALL of that. During the reading, you really took me back to wherever you were in the book. It was a really neat feeling. I just felt a lot of things reading this book, sense of family, struggles and love. The times when when you were ragged for your double chin...that was hysterical The time when you first met Mai....it felt like a movie And the return home after 4 years. I could really sense your desperation. You have no idea how you have touched me Jim. Especially nowadays when me and the wife are planning for a family of our own. Wow, is all I have to say
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author reveals his love of youth, of friends, family, and life. At one of life's crossroads in that familiar time of adolesence a yearning for adventure leads him to an unfamiliar sometimes inhospitable place. Here along with thousands of other young men he discovers things about life and himself that will only be truly understood many years later. Many readers will find parallels to their own experiences leaving them feeling a real kinship with the characters. The ending is a real departure from that experienced by many Vietnam veterans. The author's writing skill leaves you feeling good even though the story line is sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, and at times tragic. This is a story of life that I'd recommend to young and old alike whether or not you ever served in Vietnam. Thanks Jim Stewart for pouring out your soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had a lot of interest in the Vietnam War and bought Jim's book at a recent book signing. This is certainly not your run of the mill war book, not at all. The book had a real novel feel to it, from his upbringing, some tragedy in his early years and the often humorous goings-on in his military career. But the book does take a very spiritual turn, especially once his daughter becomes part of his life. I was very moved by the book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see a different side of war and the affects that it had. Jim has a casual writing style, yet very descriptive. If you are looking for a story that runs the gamut of emotions, please give this book a go. Thanks for sharing,Jim.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Angels From Vietnam, author Jim Stewart reminisces back on his life, which included 4 years in-country. It is not your normal combat action story but actually a warm and at times tender loving story of a young man seeking to find himself during the war and the years afterwards. It is about a journey and not just a diary of where he has been and what he has done. You get inside his heart, as well as his head. There is a touching scene from his experience as an MP in the Saigon area when he witnesses a little girl on a bike get killed by a truck. He never forgot that little girl, nor the image of her lying on the ground with half her skull missing. It haunts him in the background of his heart and in a strange twist of fate, that tragic scene gets played out again later in life when he seeks to find his own daughter whom he left behind in Vietnam. This book is both funny and sad. It is at times, spiritual as well as being very worldly but it is always entertaining. It reads very easily and for people who do not like typical war books, this is the one to read. This is not one of those blatant ¿I am a hero¿ with blood and gore stories. This book shows a different side of the war¿the kind where crime, black markets and life behind the battle lines in Saigon and the cities are the focus. It is also about love and the loss of love. This is a story of a man who never really got to enjoy being a father to his daughter a man who lost his youth many years ago in a far-a-way place that still dreams inside him at night. Yes, there are still ghosts of Vietnam within him but he is finally at peace. OUTSTANDING BOOK! TOP 5 STAR RATING FROM THE MWSA! 2005 Distinguished Honor Award!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A reality side of the war not seen very often. Feelings and emotions jump out at you not blood and gore. It'll make you smile. It'll take you to the brink of tears. Not everyone was a combat infantryman. There were other jobs to do and they were done well. I know I am a Viet Nam vet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book, a poignant, sometimes funny, realistic, and down to earth honest look at growing up in rural America, and going to war. Jim gives us a rare look at the Vietnam war from a different point of view, with insights that will engage a broad spectrum of readers, expecially those of us who were there! Thanks Jim for the memories!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Stewart's remarkable memoir 'The Angel From Viet Nam' is a gut wrenching true story about a boy's rights-of-passage to manhood. Stewart's descriptions of life and love in Viet Nam breathe life into the story of Military Police action across the war torn country. The excellent narrative rings with truth and humor as Stewart relays his four years in country and the devastating effect on his personal life. It's not your typical war story. I recommend 'The Angel From Viet Nam' as a well written and authoritative. It provides a unique perspective on the effects of a long forgotten war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an English teacher, I am constantly searching for reading for my students which will leave an impact on their lives. Mr. Stewart's memoir is such a novel. His raw, insightful account of his time in Vietnam is a story that is often unheard. We are commonly given images of war without the human story. Jim Stewart goes beyond that and discusses his 'growing up' as an MP soldier in Vietnam. He brings the human side and not only gives a picture of an American soldier, but also of a citizen of Vietnam. His memoir begins with a touching section about his childhood and his relationship with his Father. The sections about his time in Vietnam are vividly written as the reader can see the landscape he describes and gets a sense of the tension Jim faced. The reader also sees a conflicted man as he must choose between his home and a love in Vietnam. These are the unknown stories that we Americans must read to truly appreciate the effort of all veterans. This was a truly touching piece of literature.