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  •  great new vietnam war memoir (7+ / 0-)

    The father of all things : a Marine, his son, and the legacy of Vietnam / Tom Bissell.
    New York : Pantheon Books, c2007.

      Interweaves the history of the war, drawn from Vietnamese and U.S. historians(mostly on the Left like
    Gabriel Kolko) with accts. of the dialogues of Father and Son. Excerpted in Harpers.

    •  Sounds interesting, appreciate the tip (4+ / 0-)
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      trashablanca, koNko, FireCrow, jlms qkw

      How does his son come into play in the book?

      Nick Cohen - If you dream that everyone might be your enemy, one day they may become just that.

      by truong son traveler on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:45:45 AM PST

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    •  From the Washington Post's Book World (3+ / 0-)

      Throughout his life, Bissell says, it sometimes "felt as though Vietnam was all my father and I had ever talked about; sometimes it felt as though we had never really talked about it." Bissell remedies that failure in his well-crafted book, the heart of which is his account of the life-changing trip he and his father made to Vietnam in 2003. "I was almost thirty years old, my father just past sixty," Bissell writes. "It staggered me, suddenly, how little relative time we still had left together. I knew that if I wanted to find the unknown part of my father I would have to do it soon, in Vietnam, where he had been made and unmade, killed and resurrected."

      Bissell goes on to write eloquently about what happened on the trip. He also provides a surprisingly in-depth look at the history of the war and offers thoughtful assessments on just about every aspect of the conflict, from Gen. William Westmoreland's incompetent leadership to the abilities of the largely "corrupt, spineless, and endlessly inept" South Vietnamese military and political leadership.

      I've added this one to my "Wish List".

      Nick Cohen - If you dream that everyone might be your enemy, one day they may become just that.

      by truong son traveler on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 10:08:43 PM PST

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