From the Author
Whenever a Vietnam veteran examines "Warriors," he almost always says words to the effect, "Thank you so much for doing this for us." They say that even if they aren't one of the folks in the book; they're just happy that someone provided a forum for their buddies to tell their side of the story. Such comments make the project more than worthwhile.
But don't get the idea that "Warriors" is a political book, because it isn't. Most of the guys in it didn't even know where Vietnam was when they got orders to go there, and they certainly had no opinions about the war. Except for a few of the guys in "Warriors," most were barely out of high school. They just followed orders and tell us their stories without any spin.
The older guys had been around the block a time or two, were further up the food chain, and had a better overview of what was going on. But even those guys don't really have an ax to grind. Okay, maybe one of them does. I put his chapter last so as not to strike any readers the wrong way; I wanted them to read the rest of the book, too. To my utter surprise, that's the chapter that garnered the most comments and all of them positive.
Some of the events in "Warriors" are harrowing and some are hilarious. All of them are true. Naturally, many of my male friends snapped up a copy of the book when it came out and all said they enjoyed it. Many of their wives came to me and said that they, too, loved the book. I never thought of "Warriors" as "chick lit," but it seems to have a much broader appeal than I anticipated. If you've read this far, I'm sure you'll like it, too.
From the Inside Flap
"Warriors" provides nine first-person narratives of the Vietnam War, telling about such things as race relations, drugs, anti-war protestors, political interference, and just about everything else associated with that event in our history. You'll read about first and last impressions as these men arrived and departed Vietnam, as well as everything they did in between.
"Warriors" is about guys in the same war, some even in the same division or area of operations, yet they provide nine totally unique chronicles. Some of the events described in each of these stories are harrowing, others humorous, and all are fascinating and factual.
The Vietnam War tore the United States apart, dividing families and friends. "Warriors" doesn't seek to justify or condemn the war; it just provides an honest, matter-of-fact account of what happened and what combat was like from the perspective of the men who were there. They'll tell you all about the heroes and cowards, victims and villains, all the while retaining a marvelous modesty when relating their own actions.
Whatever your opinion of the war, you'll come away with a new and renewed appreciation for the soldiers, sailors, and marines who gave their all.