Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam by Bernard EdelmanDear America: Letters Home From Vietnam by Bernard Edelman

Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam

byBernard EdelmanForeword byJohn Senator MccainEditorBernard Edelman

Paperback | June 4, 2002

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Nearly forty years after the official end of the Vietnam War, Dear America allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200 letters, they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in the bush, their longing for home and family, their emotions over the conduct of the war, and their ache at the loss of a friend in battle. Poignant in their rare honesty, the letters from Vietnam are "riveting,... extraordinary by [their] very ordinariness... for the most part, neither deep nor philosophical, only very, very human" (Los Angeles Times). Revealing the complex emotions and daily realities of fighting in the war, these close accounts offer a powerful, uniquely personal portrait of the many faces of Vietnam's veterans.
Bernard Edelman served as a broadcast specialist/correspondent in Vietnam. He is the author of Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It
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Title:Dear America: Letters Home From VietnamFormat:PaperbackPublished:June 4, 2002Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393323048

ISBN - 13:9780393323047

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Not a history book, not a war novel.... Dear America is a book of truth. — Boston GlobeDear America is painful, but it must be difficult to be realistic and entertaining about war.... Reading it, I felt I was listening to the voices of the men and women who lived and fought in Vietnam. — Baltimore SunDear America tells of an ache as ancient as time—adolescents off to war with high expectations, who soon change greatly. Ambiguities abound—from pain, disillusionment and sorrow for dead comrades to a hard-earned measure of individual strength and survival. — Washington Post Book WorldHere is the sad and beautiful countermelody of truth, audible at last, now that we have trashed the drums and cymbals of yet another senseless war. — Kurt VonnegutNo full understanding of the most disastrous foreign war in American history can be complete without reading these letters from the GIs to their loved ones back home. — Peter Arnett, Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam correspondent