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"Transcontinental Blues" by, Thomas King is a reality based fictional account of the Draft during the Vietnam Era, from 1965-1973 in America. The writer was drafted while attending college and joined the Air Force to avoid being sent to Vietnam in the Army Infantry and to work in his field of psychiatry on Air Force hospital units in California and Alaska. The author describes some of the things that happened to him and his friends in the service. The book exposes the military and former president Lyndon Johnson as men who covered up the facts about the draft and Vietnam, as well as deceiving the America people about the real advise they got from their own military advisers about ending the war. The fact is that President Johnson was told by his military advisers to pull US troops out of Vietnam as the war could not be won. However, he began drafting college graduate students and even drafted kids right out of college!The fictional characters find ways to deal with these problems
and their relationships. Although fictional the characters are based on real people the author knew while in the military. It's both fun to read and a historical work. I recommend it for anyone interested in the war, draft and how relationships can help people to overcome major problems in their lives.