Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat Comes Of Age In 1960's Vietnam by Les ArbuckleSaigon Kids: An American Military Brat Comes Of Age In 1960's Vietnam by Les Arbuckle

Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat Comes Of Age In 1960's Vietnam

byLes Arbuckle

Paperback | September 12, 2017

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Looking for unusual coming of age books? Follow the coming of age adventures of a U.S. military brat during the early Vietnam war years in SaigonThe early Vietnam war years through the eyes of a U.S. military brat:In May of 1962, Naval Chief Petty Officer Bryant Arbuckle flew to Saigon to establish a new Armed Forces radio station. Next to follow were his wife and three boys, Leslie among them.Saigon Kidsis the candid, recondite slice of fourteen-year-old military brat Les Arbuckle's experience at the American Community School (ACS) during the critical months of the Vietnam War when events would, quite literally, ignite in downtown Saigon. In 1963, Saigon was beautiful, violent, and dirty - and the most exciting place a fourteen-year-old American boy could live. Saigon offered a rich array of activities, and much to the consternation of their parents and teachers, Les and his fellow military brats explored the dangers with reckless abandon running from machine gun fire, watching a Buddhist monk burn to death, visiting brothels late at night or, trading currency on the black marketComing of age in the streets of Vietnam War torn Saigon:When Les first arrives in Vietnam, he is a stranger in a strange land, expecting boredom in a country he doesn't know. But the American social scene is more vibrant than he expected. The American Community School is a blend of kids from all over the globe who arrived in Saigon as the fuse on Saigon was about to ignite. As the ACS students continue their American lifestyle behind barbed wire, Saigon unravels in chaos and destruction. In spite of this ugliness - an ever-present feature of everyday life -- Les tells his story of teenage angst with humor and precocity.Coming of age tale with a twist:The events leading up to the Vietnam War provide an unusual backdrop for this coming-of-age tale with a twist.Saigon KidsComing of age tale with a twist: The events leading up to the Vietnam War provide an unusual backdrop for this coming-of-age tale with a twist. Arbuckle's memoir will also make a perfect companion to Ken Burn's soon-to-be-released documentary, "The Vietnam War" and a new film, "A War Not Our Own" by Elvera Roussel, which is currently in production. "A War Not Our Own" chronicles the lives of American children living in Saigon in the volatile years from 1958 to 1965.
In the years between his birth in 1949 and his nineteenth birthday, Les lived in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii and Vietnam as a dependent of the US Navy. His father, Bryant Joseph Arbuckle, was a Chief Journalist who managed the Armed Forces Radio Station in Saigon, V...
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Title:Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat Comes Of Age In 1960's VietnamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Mango MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1633536335

ISBN - 13:9781633536333

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"I was totally enthralled with Saigon Kids and found it to be a wonderful account of Southeast Asia . It is a timely, warm and at times, humorous account of two completely at-odds cultures. You won't be disappointed. Les cleverly captures the sights, sounds, language and smells of Saigon during a unique period of turmoil for both the South Vietnamese and in-country Americans. I highly recommend this read for an enjoyable and fascinating journey. "Saigon Kids" is an accurate overview on what it was like to live in this Vietnamese City. I know because I was there."Lee Hansen, AFRS Saigon Radio Disc-jockey, 1963-65"This is a vivid, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir set in Saigon during the tumultuous year that led to full-scale fighting by U.S. troops. It's also a hilarious white-knuckle tour of misadventures that, had they any idea, would have done in Les Arbuckle's parents." - Laurel Delp, Writer, Editor