What Should We Tell Our Children about Vietnam?

What Should We Tell Our Children about Vietnam?

by Bill McCloud


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"What should we tell our children about Vietnam?" That was the question facing junior high school teacher and Vietnam veteran Bill McCloud as he prepared to teach his students about the war. To find the answers, he went straight to the people who were involved in the war: soldiers, politicians, military officers, POWs, nurses, refugees, writers, and parents of soldiers who died in the war. He sent them handwritten letters, and responses poured in from all over the country. A collection of these responses, this book represents a unique and heartening outpouring of national conscience, hindsight, reflection, sorrow, and wisdom.

Respondents included here are: George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Geraldine A Ferraro, Allen Ginsburg, Barry Goldwater, Tom Hayden, Henry Kissinger, Timothy Leary, Robert S. McNamara, George S. Patton, Oliver Stone, Gary Trudeau, Kurt Vonnegut, and Caspar W. Weinberger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806122298
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 10/01/1989
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

In 1967, Bill McCloud dropped out of his freshman year of college to join the army. He served in Vietnam as fight operations coordinator for the 147th Assault Support Helicopter Company from March, 1968, through March, 1969. When he returned home to Oklahoma, he earned a degree in social studies education and a master?s degree in education. For fourteen years he has taught at Pryor Junior High School, in Pryor, Oklahoma, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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