Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrance from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Laura Palmer
For the first time, one book gives voice to the haunting, painful, tender, and healing tales of those who lost so much in America's least popular war.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||1st Vintage Books ed|
|Product dimensions:||5.18(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.57(d)|
About the Author
Laura Palmer is the author of Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has collaborated on a number of other books, including the New York Times bestseller Escape and To Catch a Predator with NBC’s Chris Hansen. She lives in New York City.
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Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrance from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
While in Viet Nam seveal years after the war, the author finds dog tags of American soliders and brings them back to the States. She locates friends and familiy members of many of the previous "owners" of these dog tags. Each chapter discusses the person's life before their military service, what they did in Viet Nam, and whether they survived the war. And, if they survived the war, did they survive from the memories they brought back to the States? Next, did they survive returning to the mind-set of the people that asked them to go to Nam and then condemned them for being there? As a medical air evac officer serving in SE Asia during 1970, I still remember the author's chapter on a female nurse who returned to the States physcially unharmed. But, she quickly had "shrapnel" stuck in her heart by Americans. The men and women that died while serving our country had famiy members and friends injured by the shrapnel that was fired by our media, our politicians, and those people who never understood that we were trying to help a country to defend itself fromn agressors. Read this book with an open mind, remember that most militay men and women in Nam were in their teens and early twenties, and have plenty of tissues to mop up your tears as you feel the shrapnel penetrating your heart.
This book shows the spirit of young men, their dedication and raw emotions of love for each other on the bowels war.
i have reaf this book many times, and i cry every time. i cant even began to understand what these ones went through. my heart goes out to each one of them and there familys. and i say thank you for all you did for our country in the giving of yourself to this horriable war. may ones read and understand what you did out of love for your country and family. a must read.