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Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange Paperback – November 1, 1989

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First published in 1983, this volume received wide praise and made ALA's most notable list; it was "highly recommended" by LJ 's reviewer ( LJ 7/83). Despite that , it went quickly out of print. This paper edition contains the original text plus a new introduction by the author, who discusses the class action suit brought against the government by Vietnam veterans suffering from their wartime exposure to the herbicide. With America's newfound willingness to talk about Vietnam, this book should see a lot of use.-- MR
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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• "My bible on the issue of Agent Orange." --Tom Hayden
• "This is a sad and frightening book, and it should not be disregarded." --Tracy Kidder, author of The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains
• "It is impossible to read this book without feeling outrage and despair, for the story of Agent Orange is a tragedy that affects not only Vietnam veterans, but all Americans and their offspring." --The Saturday Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932020682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932020680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilcox personalizes the tragedy of Agent Orange by telling the individual stories of those who suffered from the side effects of Agent Orange and the terrible treatment they received. My family is among those who suffered. We lost my father, a Vietnam Veteran, at age 33 from melanoma cancer. And it is a comfort to me that someone is willing to tell the story of the government's mistreatment of its veterans.
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If you want more info on Agent Orange or are just starting you search this is an great book.
It put thousands of us Veterands Advocates onto the lies being told us by the Government.

I have survived four AO related cancer surgeries myself since 1986 because of Fred giving me a heads up on the 22 &1/2 Million gallons of Dioxins they sprayed on us in Nam.....( I served in the Calvary in Nam 1967/68 with the Big Red One)
Frankly there is only one Trooper in my unit who made it back to the world who is not seriously ill.

Fred just released his second book a few months ago, This one will make you pule. it proves the effect of AO on civilian in Nam, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea and on and on........
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Waiting for an Army To Die should be required for everyone to read, maybe in another 15 years or so when all the "Boots on the ground" Vietnam Veterans and "Blue water sailors" have all passed on. Unlike WW II or Korea, you won't find any old Vietnam Veterans around, the chemicals sprayed on them by their government is still taken their lives today. Some day when we are gone the truth will come out. Take care of our handicapped children.
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I should preface my review by saying that I served in north central Vietnam in 1967-68. I served on river patrols while there and was exposed to Agent Orange the whole time I was there in country. I made application and was accepted to receive a part of the chemical company settlement. My first born son has an IQ of about 30 (without speech they can't accurately diagnose an IQ), he is physically incapable of speaking, his eyes were screwed up at birth (corrected with early surgery) his kidneys were displaced (located in areas doctors had never experienced) and he had elasticity of his skin. He's 5 feet four inches tall and 140lbs. Every male in my family, for at least four generations, exceeded 6 feet in height and 200 lbs in weight. My second son is completely "normal" and healthy individual.

So, I read this book to learn about what other vets had experienced. I have always accepted my son's condition and moved forward, never looking back and always trying to make the most of an unfortunate situation. I postponed my marriage because of the possibility of being in a combat theatre and coming home in the infamous plastic bag. When I returned home in one piece, thinking I had dodged the "bullet," we married and started the traditional family. Only to find out later, I hadn't dodged the small particle (Bullets) of Agent Orange which ended up being more devastating than the one you receive a Purple Heart for. A couple months ago, I read where the Agent Orange Compensation Program funded by the chemical companies has been drained. I've had the legs rashes, the skin cancer, kidney problems but never thought it was bad enough to apply for compensation from the Program thinking that when I passed away, whatever my share of the fund was would help take care of my dependent son.
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Great reference, concise, and informative. Mixes the law and research to explain the damages caused by Agent Orange.
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This book is one of the very best I've read concerning the Agent Orange issue. Mr Wilcox did excellent research for the book. Being a victim of numerous Agent Orange issues, I can fully relate to the men and women he spoke of in his book. Mr Wilcox also has another book called "Scorched Earth", which is also a very good book. It relates more to the Vietnamese country and people than the U.S. Soldiers, and the effect Agent Orange has had on them. Well worth the price, and more than worth the time to read them.
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I am a vietnam widow and this book really tells the truth about what we are facing.
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The author has further opened my eyes to what we were exposed to while serving in Vietnam. Confirmed my suspicions that herbicide exposure was the cause of my carcinoid tumor in my lung.
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