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Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1985
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BLOODS is the oral history of twenty black veterans of the Vietnam War, and the author is also a veteran. The stories in it are gripping and you can sense what a horrible experience war is, particularly for these minority soldiers who are fighting for an America that hasn't always been fair to them. This book gave me a perspective that I was glad to get.
As a result of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," there has been a renewed interest in stories of our war veterans. BLOODS provides the kinds of insights into war and the military that only those who've experienced its horrors can convey. The additional (and key) component of race adds another dimension to this remarkable tale.
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The national bestseller that tells the truth of about Vietnam from the black soldiers' perspective. An oral history unlike any other, BLOODS features twenty black men who tell the story of how members of their race were sent off in disproportionate numbers and the special test of patriotism they faced. Told in voices no reader will soon forget, BLOODS is a must-read for anyone who wants to put the Vietnam experience in historical, cultural, and political perspective.
Cited by THE NEW YORK TIMES as One of the Notable Books of the Year
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My only disappointment was that I could not tell the manner in which the narratives were elicited. Were these vets asked to describe their Vietnam experience? Were they asked to explain what it was like to be a Black soldier?
This is a diverse and compelling collection of personal stories. The men in the book held a wide variety of military jobs in Vietnam, among them rifleman, combat engineer, medic, interpreter, combat photographer, electronic warfare officer, armorer, combat paratrooper, and more. The veterans discuss many topics: racism, interracial friendship and bonding, receiving and recovering from wounds, wartime atrocities, and post-Vietnam life.
It's hard to pick out a few representative stories from this rich and rewarding collection, but I'll try. One man describes his work as an activist for incarcerated veterans after the war; another discusses becoming a champion amputee athlete after being disabled in Vietnam; another fondly remembers one of the war's military working dogs. Fred Cherry's graphic account of his suffering as a POW is devastating. Dwyte Brown's memories of the inland R&R spot-a "paradise"-make for an ironic and enjoyable contrast to some of the grimmer entries. And Sergeant Major Edgar Huff's chapter recalls not just Vietnam, but a Marine Corps career that spanned three decades.
Terry's text masterfully captures vernacular speech. I could really imagine these veterans speaking the words. The book also includes black-and-white photographs; a glossary of military terms, acronyms, and slang; and a chronology of the Vietnam War. Moving and powerful, "Bloods" is, in my opinion, an important contribution to the fields of African-American studies and military history.
The racism/white supremacy these men experienced was still evident when I served but far less overt...
The fact that only one of these stories has been made into a Major Motion Picture while The Madea Series of films continue to get green-lighted in Hollywood while ever increasing "Wars" of aggression are waged and or manufactures against people of color further illustrate what was true in the past, present, and future. "WAR IS A RACKET!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Msgt Retired.....I was totally mesmerized by the individual stories, by so many African American patriots,
who like myself struggled to find... Read more
Wallace Terry provides us the untold stories of African-American veterans in Vietnam. It is a book worth reading. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Everett Prewitt
Very interesting and informative. Happy to read the other side of the story.Published 7 months ago by RNJ
good read had to read it for college history class my freshman yearPublished 7 months ago by Tommy Brunke
This book is on the "Recommended Reading List" of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 295, Indianapolis, Indiana. Rene Luis Santiago.Published 8 months ago by Rene L. Santiago
The author knew his skill set. I hope he never changes the way he writesPublished 8 months ago by Ron R
Being a Vietnam veteran I can identify with some of the "Bloods" in the stories. I was drafted but enlisted before the induction date trying to avoid Vietnam. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gary W. Stanford Sr.
This book is quite easily in the top 1% of war accounts that I have ever read. Hard hitting and no holds barred. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frank Castle