Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam's Continuing Grip

Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam's Continuing Grip

by John A. Siegfried


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ISBN-13: 9781462845798
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 07/25/2011
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam's Continuing Grip 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Swamp_Fox More than 1 year ago
John's book puts my personal story of reconciliation with the family of the brave young North Vietnamese Medic, Hoàng Ng?c D?m, whom I met and killed in Vietnam's Central Highlands during my service as an infantry small unit commander in the jungle along the Cambodia/Laos border. All too often, combatants fail to realize that their enemy was also serving their country and were also loving, caring human beings. The true cost of forcing citizens to face each other in such insane situations can only be appreciated, when the larger picture becomes clear. I want to thank John personally for contributing to the process of bringing the full picture of the cost of war into better focus. Let's all pray for peace everlasting. Homer
US52609787 More than 1 year ago
John Siegfried's book "Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam's Continuing Grip" is compelling, sad, patriotic, strong, introspective, heart warming and heart wrenching all at the same time. It is a real tribute to the men and women who served in Vietnam, and in many cases provides their first hand accounts of the War and its impact on our country and them as individuals. I highly recommend it. Lon Jamison (North Kingstown, RI)
ILK More than 1 year ago
I am a female and was in my early teens when the Viet Nam confict began. I wasn't in the military but I had close friends that served. I had many friends who were wives and girlfriends of those serving. I spent the end of the '60's advocating for the the 18 year old vote. A "boy" could be drafted at 19 but couldn't vote until he was 21; hardly seemed fair that our government would force anyone to die or murder in the name of something they knew nothing about. At the time, I, too, knew nothing of the politics but from personal experience, I was familiar with the human toll this skirmish brought on. I know from my friends and their families that total resolution has never happened. They still carry the pain and suffering even after almost 40 years. In John Siegfried's book, "Six Degrees of the Bracelet, Vietnam's Continuing Grip," he compassionately interviews many of those who served. For those who chose to share their stories, John carefully and sensitively helps guide the interviewee through some of those memories and pains they still struggle with today. Even though different, I still struggle. This is only one of the many things that makes this book unique. I would hope many of the military and their families of more recent wars or conflicts read this book. As long as there are wars, we all need this sense of sharing our feelings as John so aptly discribed in his book through the wonderful interviews of the wonderful interviewees. As John explains, we are all only six steps from each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat down on a Saturday and read the entire book. Thank you for telling a soldier's story about the Vietnam War. Just a completely riveting book showing the war from so many different faces. You should be proud of this work of history--a job well done.
Scott_T_Bowman More than 1 year ago
In "Six Degrees of the Bracelet", author John Seigfried presents a raw, honest and compelling view into the lives of a number of men and women affected by the Vietnam War. While there are many good books available on the subject, this is the first I have read that gives first hand accounts from such a wide spectrum of interviewees; from NCO's to Generals, draftees to "lifers" and from support personnel to recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The author's respectful interview style seems to pry into the souls of his subjects, and what they have to share makes "Six Degrees" a wonderful read. Scott T. Bowman Author Victis Honor: A Tribute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During the Vietnam War I was busy with raising my young children and being a homemaker. I knew no one serving in the war; it impacted very little on my everyday life. "Six Degrees of the Bracelet" has opened my eyes to the realities of those years and "humanized" the events. I applaud the veterans who shared their experiences with the author and am thankful for their cooperation and the the author's writing skills so that people can learn from our history.
bjk1946 More than 1 year ago
A gripping account of stories told by Vietnam a Vietnam ERA vet who saw these heroes come back to the states (through Fort Dix), I found it difficult to put down.
Dave_ More than 1 year ago
A quote from that John references says it well, "Some people sure have short memories. And those who are too young to know need to be taught." So many of us are familiar with Vietnam stories or movies and think we understand it and have already filed it away in our minds. I thought I knew what divorce was, but didn't until I went through that experience myself. This book does something similiar as you get a very personal taste as to what our soldiers and affected families thought and felt, as well as some Vietnamese insight.
ptpleasantsue More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book because I have worn a bracelet for 40+ YEARS. John, your book is a MUST READ. Reading the accounts of war and its aftermath on lives is riveting. When you describe how the soldiers were treated after stepping off a plane in the US, broke my heart. I have recommended this book to family and friends. I want to thank you again John for opening eyes to this time in our history and Thank you to all who served.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago