Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War: Second Edition

Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War: Second Edition

by Patrick Hogan


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ISBN-13: 9781732547414
Publisher: Whatnot Enterprises, LLC
Publication date: 11/11/2018
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.46(d)

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Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
EmersonRoseCraig 2 days ago
Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is a memoir novel by author Patrick Hogan. The book explores his time serving in Vietnam, his struggle with the war upon returning home, and the pesticides and chemical waste that was going on there. The book is his truth about what he experienced and witnessed while at war. Hogan talks in depth about the lasting consequences that war veterans are still dealing with from this war and the chemicals they were exposed to, such as a myriad of cancers and other illnesses that seem to stem from these experiences. The details of this book are eye-opening to read about. I will confess that I did not know much about the Vietnam War going into this book but was intrigued by the title and wanted to know more. I found this book to be informative and insightful. Hogan makes sure to give lots of background information about the war, government policies, and what has happened and is still happening to Vietnam Veterans today. The book is well-written and captivating. Hogan writes in a clear tone, but the passion and anger about these experiences shine through. The book explores topics that are truly horrifying to read about and made me simultaneously angry and sad. Hogan makes sure to back up his arguments with history, facts, and some personal experience to really illustrate just how big of a problem this is. The depth of the research and the professional testimonials that Hogan is using gives this book a solid footing of credibility. Reading this book has made me want to dig deeper into more Vietnam War non-fiction novels to continue to build my knowledge and understanding around a subject that I feel was barely touched on in school. The goal of this book is to make you question what you are being told. Not to take things blindly. Do research. Get informed. We face a lot of struggles in our world, but it is important not to forget about past decisions that still affect people and to hold people accountable for their actions. This book is a fascinating and educational read that I would highly recommend.
KerrieIrish 5 days ago
Silent Spring-Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is a gut wrenching account of war and the secrets that the government has kept from us for over fifty years. I am the type of person that absolutely loves conspiracy theories, and I knew that diving into this book I would really enjoy learning about different things that I may never have known about the Vietnam War, but I wasn’t expecting how much it would hurt my heart reading this. This book is classified as a memoir, but it is so much more than that. Patrick Hogan is an incredible writer. In this book he has taken into account that we’ve all heard the horrors of the Vietnam War before, whether from our parents, grandparents, or just in the movies, so he doesn’t just stay on the surface. He dives in head first. This is the type of book that will get your blood pumping, boiling, and even give you a bit of anxiety. That shows you that Hogan is a true writer, and he does a fantastic job of telling stories that we never got to know in the past. Hogan starts out telling us about how he was leaving for the war, leaving his beautiful high school sweetheart behind, and how he wasn’t sure if this was the right thing to do. The whole purpose for him joining the military was so that he could get a good education and marry his girlfriend. Instead, he was hit with chemical warfare, and that ruined his perspective on life forever. You know that you are getting the real deal with this book, Hogan lived the life of a Vietnam war hero, and he still does. Every word that he says in this book has intentional purposes, he wants the readers to know and understand the secrets that the government is keeping from people who did not put their boots on the ground in Vietnam. I really appreciate the way that this book was written, though Hogan wants to tell the truth, he doesn’t do it in a derogatory way, this is his truth and his opinion, but I tell you what, it’s a damn good one. You can see how much this war has inflicted on this man throughout his life. He’s a man who has to deal with the repercussions of that war still to this day. Most of the men that fought there do. Hogan is talented with his words, and he is an incredible hero. I appreciate and respect someone who can talk about things that are very difficult to relive and to hear. If you want to step back in time, definitely go out and get this book. You won’t be disappointed. I would say that it should come with a trigger warning, as it can get somewhat graphic and scary, but it is worth reading for the simple history behind it. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, there is something magical in these pages.
AnonyMouse81 11 days ago
Silent Spring, Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is the first hand account of former Staff Sergeant of the United States Army, Patrick Hogan. Hogan delves into his three-year stint in Vietnam and its effect on the rest of his and his fellow soldiers’ lives. He goes beyond scratching the surface while examining Agent Orange and other chemicals that Vietnam troops were exposed to. He also gives insight into the daily life of the soldiers during their the on-the-ground grind. Their lives, consciences, memories, and dreams were and are peppered with the clipping of helicopters, exploding flashes of light,and misty clouds of harsh chemicals. Admittedly and ashamedly, I knew very little about the Vietnam War before reading this book. It wasn’t something we touched much on in history class. I knew the general time frame in which it occurred, and I knew that returning soldiers weren’t always welcomed with wide-open arms. That’s basically all I knew. Hogan did a great job of putting you there on the ground with him. His descriptive words and explanations make a vague subject feel very real. Hogan describes everything from their makeshift “bathrooms” to cold showers to mountains of paperwork to the effects of chemical exposure to family demographics and lasting effects. He gives a comprehensive and complete account of a harrowing time that most of us know so little about. Hogan’s book has a nice pace and flow. I stayed very interested in the book throughout. History can be sort of a dry subject, but that didn’t happen here. It’s all too fascinating and heart-wrenching to be boring at all. Everyday Americans were drafted and/or volunteered to go fight in our honor. That alone is terrifying. Add Hogan’s account of their living conditions and chemical exposure, and it’s beyond terrifying. Those conditions coupled with a harsh cold shoulder at home almost feel blasphemous to those who served. It’s unacceptable and embarrassing. These soldiers who still suffer residual effects of their time in Vietnam deserve our utmost respect, and Hogan reminds readers of that in a way that only someone who has been there can. The organization of the book was great. Hogan has collected information especially about the pesticides and their effects on soldiers from a myriad of sources. It is obvious that he has researched this subject at length. He also draws from his personal well of knowledge and experience and gives readers a personal invitation to look into his life. This makes his story feel more real. Sentence structure and spelling are on point. I don’t recall seeing any errors at all. I’m giving Silent Spring, Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War by former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Patrick Hogan 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It is extremely well-written and was a real page-turner for me. It is beyond obvious that Hogan has poured his heart, soul, and tremendous effort into this book. Thank you for your service, Staff Sergeant Hogan. I’d love to read more of your work.
TopBookReviewers 11 months ago
"Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War by Patrick Hogan is much more than a story of one Vietnam veteran’s struggles over the following decades after the war. It is a full length analysis of the various chemicals that were dispersed on the enemy and throughout the camps of the US serviceman during the war. Hogan, the author and also the main subject in the biography portion of the book, chronicles his early life and enlistment into the war in the mid 60’s. He starts with the life story of a friend and vet, Larry White, who died decades later of numerous complications because of what was called ”Agent Orange Club of Uncle Sam” while he was stationed there. Hogan returned in ’69 and started having health difficulties himself. He became a police officer and then a trainer at a police academy. This skill set is what truly brings the impact to the rest of book, his investigative and analytical ability. While waiting a few years for a hearing on his medical claims with the DVA, Hogan decided to research and then write a no holds barred explanation of each and every chemical that was shipped or deployed during the Vietnam war. Reading through the volumes of information I was absolutely stunned at what the US government had willingly dumped on that country and its own troops. Hogan continued with very compelling arguments to the whitewash that is still in play about Agent Orange, Agent White and the countless other chemicals. To put this all together and have a latent talent to tell a story in a written format is no easy feat. This is not just another book about Agent Orange and the war, this is the silver bullet if you are fighting for your benefits and rights as a Vietnam vet."
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
The war in Vietnam may have ended in 1975, but its effects are far-reaching and more devastating to the soldiers who gave their lives to serve on behalf of the United States than anyone could ever imagine. Agent Orange is the most commonly known chemical to have had an impact on the men and women who served in Vietnam during the decades long war, but it is far from the only substance to have made its indelible mark on millions of unsuspecting American soldiers. In addition to the onslaught of health concerns for the soldiers themselves, their children and grandchildren are potential victims of the effect of the various chemicals as well. Patrick Hogan, author of Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War, lays out for readers, in no uncertain terms a full and complete breakdown of each of the deadly agents used in the pesticides sprayed so liberally in Vietnam during the duration of the war. Hogan, a man who served for just shy of three years in the throes of the war and in the midst of one of the most heavily sprayed areas, brings to light a lengthy list of facts related to each and every toxin administered during those years as well as a complete breakdown of the physical and mental impact each has been proven to cause. Sadly, Hogan also shines a light on the fact that these brave men and women, now fighting a battle quite unlike the one they faced in Vietnam and one with no end in sight, are being asked to prove, time and time again, that they served in Vietnam in the areas treated by the deadly mixtures. Hogan makes it painfully clear that humiliation, frustration, and fear are all prevalent emotions among the men and women who deserve nothing but respect and the best care our country has to offer. In addition, Hogan reiterates throughout his book, they deserve and are owed an explanation as to why there have not been answers to the endless questions regarding the safety of Agent Orange and countless other toxins used in the pesticides shipped to and used regularly throughout the conflict. As I read Hogan’s account of his own tragic experiences, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the fact that the general public is grossly misinformed about Vietnam. He is right–most of us are familiar with the term “Agent Orange,” but we have no idea exactly how it was administered, the type of conditions our soldiers endured, and the gross negligence involved in its use. It is simply mortifying, and Hogan should be commended for doing his part to bring long overdue attention to the veterans and their families who deal with the lingering effects of the Vietnam War each and every day. For as complex as is the subject matter and as involved are his explanations regarding each chemical listed, Hogan writes with a pleasantly conversational and almost familiar tone. The world needs more writers like Patrick Hogan and more veterans willing to come forward and share their own stories. We, as a country, owe them so much more than we realize. Thank you for your service, Mr. Hogan.