NAM: The Story of a Generation (a novel)

NAM: The Story of a Generation (a novel)

by Mel Smith


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Through battle, love’s heartbreak, and unbelievable loss follow the lives of three Vietnam War combatants, a North Vietnamese patriot and two untested American boys, as they deal with the legacy of their nations’ tragedy. A historically accurate, riveting account of the war, its personal cost and the lingering aftermath

A riveting, historically accurate tale of war’s horror, impossible love, and ultimate redemption. This is the Vietnam generation’s story.

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It was the sixties. We were the baby boomers and our fathers had fought in World War II—the heroes who saved the world from tyranny. It was our obligation to serve, as they had. To duck service, was not an option; not if you believed in life in America, the American way, and family values.

• • •

“No, Cam...I’m right about Vietnam and World War II,” he said, pointing the two fingers holding his cigarette at me like darts. “You’d better have a damn good reason to ask a man to put his life on the line ’cause there’s no greater sacrifice he can make. Our fathers had Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo to fight...some of the biggest evil the world has ever known. They really were fighting for freedom and our way of life. Losing wasn’t an option.

“What did we have?... Huh? What the fu** did we have to fight for? Not a goddamn thing! We went because we were Americans...because we were asked by our country to go...young men always have been. So we went...and we died. That’s bravery and sacrifice above and beyond the call, my friend. Dyin’ for nothin’...that’s a hell of a thing to ask of a man.”

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In his debut novel, Mel Smith immerses you into the lives of both American and Vietnam—civilian and combatant. NAM ~ The Story of a Generation, is a story about the Americans who fought in the war and those who opposed it; it is a story of the emotional drive of the civilians and soldiers of North and South Vietnam who fought to free a nation.

An epic novel about a generation and the conflict that changed two nations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937333409
Publisher: First Steps Publishing
Publication date: 09/18/2017
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Mel Smith was born August 15, 1948 in Helena, Montana. He grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood very similar to the one described in "NAM, The Story of a Generation", on the edge of town, with dirt streets, no sewer service, and one street light on the corner.

He joined the Naval Reserves in the fall of 1966 and started his active duty in July, 1968. He was assigned to the destroyer U.S.S. Taylor out of Pearl Harbor, just after it was deployed on a six month West Pacific tour. On his tour with the Taylor, he was a member of the deck force, the tough ship maintenance division. He transferred to the U.S.S. DeHaven out of Long Beach, California, which left two months later on its own West Pacific tour. On the DeHaven he had the position of Postal Clerk and took over the ship's post office, the best enlisted duty on the ship. Like all servicemen, he was given an early out in April of 1970, as Nixon was winding down Vietnam.

He returned to Montana State University and completed a B.S. in Film and Television, graduating in June 1973.

Mel Smith currently lives in Arizona with his wife, Alane. He has three children and three grandchildren. He runs his own advertising company, AdSmith and writes in his free time.

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