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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.

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"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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439220328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439220320
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,123,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ed Nielsen grew up on a farm in Iowa and, following high school, attended DeVry Technical Institute (now DeVry University). Although he never served in the military, he spent his entire career working for the Department of Defense. At various points in his life he played the accordian, trombone, and piano. He and his wife Connie are retired and live in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Warriors is his first book. It's composed of nine first-person accounts from Vietnam War veterans, including an artillery forward observer, a Navy pilot, a Navy chaplain to the Marines, a battalion surgeon, a radio operator, a Marine infantryman, a Marine computer programmer (for comic relief), an Army recon team leader, and an Army infantryman. The events these men relate range from routine to harrowing, giving the reader a realistic view of what day-to-day life in a war zone was like. Follow these men from the day they arrived in Vietnam to the day they left. Find out what their thoughts were before, during, and after the war.

Nielsen's second book, Classical Classics, should be available in early 2012. The book includes over 120 classical CD reviews, several composer biographies, and several essays on various aspects of the subject. The book will be useful to anyone with even the slightest interest in classical music, regardless of musical knowledge. It doesn't matter if you've got a doctorate in music, or if you can't tell a quarter note from a quarter horse. If you're looking for some good CDs, this book will tell you which ones are the best. If your collection is complete, the book also provides the stories behind the music, as well as a ton of interesting information on the composers, musicians, and conductors. Many of these folks were either very eccentric or unbelievabley brilliant, usually both. The anecdotes and stories in Classical Classics are worth the price of the book all by themselves.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Huggins on February 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Warriors" is unique and refreshing in its genre. Ed Nielsen obviously knew the right questions to ask and let those that lived through the war relate the truth about the mud, the blood, the frustration, and the lighter moments that accompany even a warrior's experience. This tome makes it clear that all of the warriors who spoke through Ed's book have but one regret: Washington's inexplicable meddling that prevented their sacrifice from ending in victory. In their words you'll feel the heat, smell the mud, and taste the fear that was an everyday part of their existence. There are innumerable non-fiction histories available about the events of the Vietnam war, but none that do a better job of bringing the "grunt's" experience to life. We owe it to these proud men not only to understand the events, but also to understand at a basic level what they lived through and carry with them even to this day. "Warriors" is a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John D Waterman on June 12, 2011
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"Warriors" by Ed Nielsen

This is one of those books that immediately draw you into the story. You quickly become involved and want to continue. What is going to happen next to this soldier? Is he about to be hit? Will his buddies survive the next battle?

The author, Ed Nielsen, interviewed nine men who served their country in the armed forces during the Vietnam conflict. These are the individual stories of five enlisted men and four officers, representing war fighters of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Told some 40 years after the actual events, we get to stand alongside these men as they experienced their daily lives in the war zone. We feel it is happening now, and we worry about the violence that is lurking just around the corner, or is suddenly upon us.

This book lets you participate in the war from the point of view of several boots-on-the-ground artillery and infantrymen. We also follow a Navy pilot, a surgeon, a chaplain, and a computer programmer. Whether slogging through the jungle on patrol, or relaxing in the relative security of a base, we feel the heat, hear the gunfire, smell the mud, and see the reality of the Vietnam war.

If you are a veteran of Vietnam, know somebody who was, or have no military experience, you should enjoy this book. Take a glimpse into the lives of those who answered the call-to-arms during a time of war.

As a veteran of the US Air Force during the Vietnam era, I can highly recommend this book for all readers.

Later, John.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonard M. Scruggs on December 12, 2010
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Warriors by Ed Nielsen

I strongly recommend Ed Nielsen's Warriors for anyone who wants a down-to-earth overview of the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of ordinary soldiers, sailors, and airmen. I have read dozens of good books on Vietnam, but none that cover the experiences of ordinary Americans, finding themselves engaged in a war half way round the world, with such breadth and clarity. Nielsen recounts the first and last impressions, experiences, frustrations, and patriotism of nine ordinary men in a compelling narrative that is an important contribution to the history of the Vietnam War, perhaps America's most misunderstood war.

The late Harry G. Summers, Jr., Colonel of Infantry and distinguished faculty member of the Army War College, often called people's attention to the great differences in the accounts of the Vietnam War among academics, the press, and those who actually fought and lived it. Even among the veterans of the war, there are varied views according to when they were there. Guerilla warfare characterized the enemy in the early years of the war, but beginning in 1965 the war became more and more a conventional war. In the latter years of U.S. involvement, multi-division North Vietnamese forces equipped with the latest Soviet and Chinese tanks and long-range artillery surged into South Vietnam, reminiscent of the German Blitzkrieg warfare of World War II.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Blair on May 18, 2010
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Ed Nielsen has written a book that speaks to those who fought in the Vietnam War. Being a veteran of that war I easily related to this good book. Ed drew out those interviewed for the book and caught the essence of many different men who lived that war. I highly recommend it to you. Col Joe Blair III US Army Retired
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Nine different Warriors of the Vietnam War tell their stories to Ed Nielsen, who compiled them into this book called "Warriors". Their accounts vary, yet there appears to be some redundancy between the stories and even within the same story - as if the authors were answering identical questions proposed by Ed Nielsen. All together, they touch upon what life was like for many soldiers within the war; their fears, naivete, devotion, brotherhood, bravery and sometimes shared laughter. On the flip side, some of the stories centers upon the way the war was fought - i.e. military soldiers spending lifetimes in special schools of warfare then being dictated to by the politicians in Washington on how the war should be fought...calling the shots...specifying rules of engagement, etc. Personally, I was not aware that this was taking place until decades after my tour in Vietnam. There were over 2.8 million soldiers having served in Vietnam and every story is unique and personal...even the same incident can be described differently by those witnessing it.

Had some difficulty reading through some of the stories because of the variation in formatting and the amount of typos - I recalled seeing the many of the same Vietnamese town spelled three or four different ways - these should have been corrected by the author or at least caught by an editor prior to publishing.

Warriors is still worth reading to view the war through the eyes of nine different soldiers who served and fought in the Vietnam War.

John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
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