A harrowing, rambunctious memoir/account about a senior year at Dartmouth College at a time - 1969-1970 - when the Vietnam War rolled a hand grenade into the Animal House. Because of the reinstitution of the draft lottery on December 1, 1969, the class of 1970 at Dartmouth - and elsewhere across America - was the first to graduate with a diploma and a draft number. This is their coming-of-age story - told through the eyes of a senior hockey captain - about his band of fraternity brothers whose road trip culture collided with the spectre of getting killed... providing a year of living dangerously in the midst of a memorable last hurrah.
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WHIPLASH: When the Vietnam War rolled a hand grenade into the Animal House based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
What an incredible time to have been in college! Author Denis O'Neill says it best in his introduction to his tale: "I do know this: if college experience ever was a high stakes poker game (as mine - by dint of a draft lottery turned out to be) and someone from another era pushed their recollections into the center of the table, all in, I'd be confident in saying: "I'll see your college years... and raise you 1969-1970." A very tasty read. ~ Brendan McQuaid
The aptly titled "WHIPLASH: When the Vietnam War Rolled a Hand Grenade into the Animal House", tells the story of a band of Dartmouth fraternity brothers, who have a wrench thrown into their booze-filled road trip adventures by the first US military draft since World War II. As a recent college grad, reading this book, I couldn't even imagine what these young men were going through as they had to worry about potentially going to fight an unpopular war while also figuring out their life and career aspirations. O'Neill masterfully mixes the fraternity hijinks of a colorful band of characters with the dark undertones of these frantic times to deliver what could be my generations Animal House, with a serious underpinning. Can't wait to see this book translate to the screen!