In That Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam

In That Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam

by Daniel H. Weiss


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Through the story of the brief, brave life of a promising poet, the president and CEO of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art evokes the turmoil and tragedy of the Vietnam War era.

In That Time tells the story of the American experience in Vietnam through the life of Michael O'Donnell, a bright young musician and poet who served as a soldier and helicopter pilot. O'Donnell wrote with great sensitivity and poetic force, and his best-known poem is among the most beloved of the war. In 1970, during an attempt to rescue fellow soldiers stranded under heavy fire, O'Donnell's helicopter was shot down in the jungles of Cambodia. He remained missing in action for almost three decades.

Although he never fired a shot in Vietnam, O'Donnell served in one of the most dangerous roles of the war, all the while using poetry to express his inner feelings and to reflect on the tragedy that was unfolding around him. O'Donnell's life is both a powerful, personal story and a compelling, universal one about how America lost its way in the 1960s, but also how hope can flower in the margins of even the darkest chapters of the American story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541773905
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 57,521
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel Weiss is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was previously President of Haverford College, President of Lafayette College, Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, Chair of the Johns Hopkins History of Art Department, and a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Vice Chair of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and is a member of the boards of the Yale School of Management, the Library of America, the Wallace Foundation, and the Posse Foundation. Daniel Weiss is the recipient of the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize from the Medieval Academy of America and the Centennial Medal from the Foreign Policy Association, and he is a member of the Society of Scholars at Johns Hopkins University. Weiss holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from Yale University, and a BA from George Washington University. This is his sixth book.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author xiii

Prologue: Arlington 1

Part 1

1 An Ice Cream Season 15

2 A Soldier in the Spring 39

3 Vietnam Winter 69

4 The Mission 93

Part 2

5 Left Behind 105

6 Aftermath 119

7 Recovery 137

8 Reconciliation 159

Acknowledgments 177

Notes 181

Index 189

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SaraEllen 4 months ago
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Weiss writes a story that is both a compelling, yet succinct, analysis of the Vietnam war and a humanitarian perspective of the life and death of one man, Michael O'Donnell. He describes the profound effects on O'Donnell's family and friends when he is labeled missing in action for 30 years. A must read even if you thought you had no interest in the Vietnam War.