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Aftermath Mass Market Paperback – July 22, 1987

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A Vietnam veteran recounts his challenging and painful journey back to health after his body was mutilated by a Bouncing Betty land mine near Tam Ky.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425106772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425106778
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,692,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This and The Killing Zone are highly recommended reading for an understanding of the combat soldier in Vietnam and the trials and tribulations associated with this war and it's aftermaths! This is a tale which should be mandatory reading in college history classes and even high school AP courses. Read the books in order, you'll be pleasantly surprised...but it is NOT a happy tale!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim9500 on February 11, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I read "The Killing Zone" by Frederick Downs on my Kindle.
I really thought the book was "was right on" about the war in Nam.
The author brought the reader into the fears and concerns of a combat officer that cared for his men.
Something that I found wasn't always true of every leader over their.

I liked he "Killing Zone" so much I ordered the "Aftermath" only avaible in a paperback that is now out of print??
This story about Lt. Down's and his struggle to survive after being blown up by a land mine.
His own war to survive and the long healing process of him and the many men maimed with him by the Nam war.

This book should be required reading by every Cogress man and Senator in Washington DC before sending our boy and girls into another war.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read dozens of books on the Vietnam War and the brave men who fought, but Aftermath is far and away the greatest book on Vietnam I have ever read. This riveting, personal account of Lt. Down's wounding, near death experiences and battle to regain his health and sanity is something every American should read. Lt. Down's book describes what thousands of young American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines went through after being severely wounded fighting in Vietnam. As a elementary school student during the war, I recall seeing the weekly body count of dead and wounded reported at the end of the Friday night telecast on TV. Also, when my uncle went MIA after being shot down in Vietnam on the first day of his third tour as a Marine aviator, the war came home for my family. Having the highest regard for hundreds of veterans of wars since WWI, I have particular respect for Vietnam veterans such as Lt. Downs as they fought with valor and nobility, only to endure the ire of ill informed Americans upon their return. As one can see with the success Lt. Downs has had since overcoming great odds to regain his health and sanity, he is an inspiration to anyone reading this account of courage. Lt. Downs also writes in affectionate tones of the great care and comfort the medical corps provided, particularly the nurses. The accounts Lt. Downs describes in his loss of sanity and regaining his sense to go on with life in the face of incredible setbacks not only physically, but emotionally and personally in the divorce from his first wife and loss of his daughter are heart rendering to say the least. Lt. Downs is not only a combat decorated infantryman, but a true patriot and a man who exemplifies courage against great odds. Lt.Read more ›
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