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House of Purple Hearts: Stories of Vietnam Vets Who Find Their Way Back Hardcover – June 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0788151743 ISBN-10: 0788151746 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788151746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788151743
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,813,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

There are an estimated half-million veterans on the streets of America, a third of them Vietnam vets. In downtown Boston, the extraordinary New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans houses, feeds and rehabilitates some of them. Founded in 1969 by three combat vets?Ken Smith, Mark Helberg, Peace Foxx?the shelter offers drug and alcohol detoxification programs, post-traumatic stress disorder therapy, job training and assistance in obtaining benefits. Freelance journalist Solotaroff's compelling book?his first?is largely a portrait of five Vietnam vets who have been salvaged by the shelter's rigorous program, "a humane version of the Army," demonstrating that broken vets can be healed in the supportive community of their peers. Solotaroff's book has done for these men in peacetime what Michael Herr's Dispatches did for them when they were grunts in Nam, i.e., described accurately, artfully and compassionately the lingering trauma of combat.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The image of the dysfunctional, war-crazed Vietnam veteran whose heroic service in Southeast Asia was ignored or ridiculed by those at home is strongly entrenched in America's popular imagination. Along with the widespread belief in governmental duplicity on the missing in action, it is an enduring legacy of Vietnam. Journalist Solotaroff offers a prime example of this viewpoint as he relates the life histories of a number of veterans and outlines the short history of the New England Shelter for Homeless Vets. The personal narratives of the now middle-aged veterans are compelling portrayals of men whose wartime memories and post-Vietnam alcohol and drug abuse has pushed them to the brink. However, the powerful impact of these stories is continually negated by Solotaroff's wild and unsubstantiated opinions on the homelessness, suicide rates, etc., of the veterans. The story of the Vietnam veteran's adjustment to civilian life awaits a legitimate, disciplined writer and researcher. Not recommended.?John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, N.Y.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is possibly the best down-home earthy style book I've read about the Vietnam Conflict. It is heartwrenching and true, and something you'll not soon forget. I'm sorry that it has fallen out of print, because it deals with an issue no one wants to talk about: the war we lost, and the stashing of our veterans out of public view.
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