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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, literary collection, February 21, 2011
This review is from: Family of Fallen Leaves: Stories of Agent Orange by Vietnamese Writers (Paperback)
Family of Fallen Leaves: Stories of Agent Orange by Vietnamese Writers gathers works by some of the best-known modern authors in Vietnam who offer essays covering the suffering caused by the use of Agent Orange in their country. Military, literary and social issues collections alike will find this packed with experiences, insights, and social commentary key to understanding the Vietnamese experience, and will find this offers a powerful, literary collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight On the Plight of Dioxin Exposure Victims, January 21, 2014
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This review is from: Family of Fallen Leaves: Stories of Agent Orange by Vietnamese Writers (Paperback)
These poignant tales of the suffering experienced by victims of dioxin poisoning in Vietnam are told with such tragic beauty, almost all the stories could stand alone in a literary magazine as a work of fictional art. The stories show the physical and emotional legacy of dioxin exposure which almost half a century later continues to impact the grandchildren of its first victims.

This is an important book, because now it is not just some of the people in Vietnam who suffer with neurological damage, whose children suffer severe birth defects, high cancer rates and inexplicable illnesses, but also soldiers who fought for the United States in Vietnam, families of soldiers who lived on army bases where chemicals were stored or discarded, people who lived in towns where dioxin was a bi-product of chemical and burning processes at the local factories, people whose dirt roads were sprayed with chemical waste product to keep dust levels low,

There are books about dioxin pollution, some quite scientific, about its chemical make-up and whether it is or is not dangerous to humans in high amounts, and what is considered a high amount. There is a book about how to start information groups and take action if one's town becomes designated as polluted, and its people contaminated.

After a long search, this was the ONLY book I found in 2012 that describes what it means to have dioxin poisoning and how it effects the unborn for at least three generations. It is painful to read about the suffering of the Vietnamese victims but the stories are so beautifully told and often the victim's courage is so great, once started one reads to the end. And at the end, reading the local and national news, one realizes as dangerous levels of contamination are found in more and more of our food, rivers, lakes and neighborhoods, this book may be a warning to everyone of our own future.

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Family of Fallen Leaves: Stories of Agent Orange by Vietnamese Writers
Family of Fallen Leaves: Stories of Agent Orange by Vietnamese Writers by Charles Waugh (Paperback - October 1, 2010)
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