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My introduction to the writing of Tom Bissell was through reading "Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia", Tom's account of a visit to Uzbekistan for the... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Pirsqd
What promises to be a memoir of a father, his son, and the legacy of the Vietnam War falls short on all counts in Tom Bissell's The Father of All Things. Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by Jonathan D. Polk
Showing how time period, location, bias, status and hundreds of other variables makes the perception of realities difficult if not impossible to ascertain, This book is vastly... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Rarely inspired
The author has done his homework and created an effective structure for his story. I needed to be taken through My Lai again, but didn't like the journey. Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Clatskanie
The question of whether or not anything new is possible in books about Vietnam is a non-question. No one would dare say this about World War II or the Holocaust. Read morePublished on January 5, 2008 by K. Douglas Anderson
As I am unschooled in the detailed history of the Vietnam war, I focus my comments on the other material I expected based on professional reviews of the book. Read morePublished on August 17, 2007 by Annie
I've read everything I can find by Tom Bissell. His writing is mesmerizing: a medley of travel log, memoir, novel, and psychological study. Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Margaret Shay
"The Father of All Things" is the latest brilliant offering from one of America's great young writers. Read morePublished on May 5, 2007 by Michael A. Schiavo
There are thousands of books written on Vietnam. This one stands out due to its personal touch. The relationship between Bissell and his father is handled delicately and... Read morePublished on April 6, 2007 by Todd Drucker