As a senior in high school I took a class on the History of the Vietnam War. BLOODS was not required reading for the class nor do I remember the teacher talking specifically about Black Veterans, but since I enjoyed the class I wanted to read some more firsthand accounts of what the soldiers went through. I noticed BLOODS in the Vietnam section of the bookstore and on a whim I started reading it in the store and was really into it, so I bought it.
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.
"Simply the most powerful and moving book that has emerged on this topic." UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
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
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 12 days 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 28 days ago by Jeffrey McGee
This collection of experiences are very rarely published. Though, as a Black Vietnam veteran, I could relate to certain references in these veteran's interviews. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bakerman
As an honorably discharged Afro-American Army Veteran all I can do is thank God I served during the "Cold War" and did not have my humanity stolen from me by a "Hot" War... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anonymous
I think this is an important read. People should read this part of our American Black History without judgment. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy
My father was drafted into the Vietnam War around 1966 I think. Growing up as a child the stories were far and few in between. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sw1218
My husband is a Vietnam veteran and he was told to read this book, he's enjoying reading it. Thanks for telling the true story of what really happened to our vets!Published 5 months ago by Brenda Evans