Children's LiteratureIn the annals of American history there is perhaps no more controversial subject than the Vietnam War. America's longest conflict, the Vietnam War began as a reflection of American opposition to international communism and concluded as one of the most socially divisive issues in the nation's history. The Vietnam War years were marked by sharp political division, virulent anti-war protests, intergenerational distrust, and violence. Most people who were adults during those years will surely have some emotional residues that can be traced back to those years of upheaval. In Letters from the Battlefront: The Vietnam War Virginia Schomp focuses upon American military history. In this compelling book the author follows a format common across the series. A history of the Vietnam War encompasses the bulk of the story while the author also cunningly includes letters from Vietnam veterans to enhance the feeling tone of the narrative. This combination of a strong base of fact with the heartfelt words of participants in the war results in a stellar book. Indeed, while the "Letters from the Battlefront" series is uniformly sound this particular volume is the strongest one in the continuum. The author has dedicated this book to a relative who served in Vietnam. The obvious connection felt with the events has helped Schomp produce a commendable and fitting epitaph for the men and women who fought in a war that left such a bitter taste in the collective mouths of America. 2004, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 12 up.
Greg M. Romaneck