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"As devastating as Heard's account of the war undoubtedly is, it's the last third of the book . . . that packs the biggest emotional wallop . . . [however] he manages to elicit laughs amidst the tragedy."  —Courier Mail


"Heard writes honestly and painfully of that soiled era."  —Weekend Australian


"This is a powerful, beautifully written book that should be read by everyone who wants to understand the evil, senseless personal damage done by war."  —Sydney Morning Herald


"A human, moving, and brutally honest account of one man's emotionally racked journey from naive country boy to jungle soldier, psychologically scarred veteran, and ultimately triumphant victor over the demons within."  —Herald Sun


"Very well written, clear in its descriptions, self-aware in its assessments and, surprisingly, not depressing to read. It is amazing that Barry Heard has been able to get all this traumatic material down so vividly, and to be able to interpret his experiences so convincingly."  —Quadrant


"A searingly honest account of one man's battle to overcome his tormented past in an unpopular war and to recover from a complete breakdown."  —Examiner


"Heard gives meaning and sense to overused cliches such as 'stolen youth,' 'buried horrors' and even 'mateship.'"  —The Age

About the Author

Barry Heard served in Vietnam as an infantryman and radio operator and suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome after returning from the war. Since recovering, Heard has written several award-winning short stories.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd.; 2nd edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921215364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921215360
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This reviewer read through the book in one 24-hour sitting, it was that engrossing! I have since read it yet again, taking away enough more understanding of what he, and I in a different part of Vietnam, brought back as scars. Some of these can heal over time; some will never heal. One is struck by the need to tell every veteran we meet: "Well done!" We must also tell them thanks for serving, and WELCOME HOME!
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Once I started reading Well Done Those Men, I couldn't put it down.
The insights gained of the inside of a mind when coping with such trauma is enlightening.
A must read for all those who know a Vet or are interested in the Vietnam war or the after effects of such a conflict.
Brilliant insight to a man struggling to understand what is going on inside himself.
Well done Barry Heard!
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This book can be a therapeutic experience for those who were in Vietnam during the war, as well as a rewarding experience for everyone else.

The importance of one's experience being understood by others, and being accepted by them, comes across time and time again.

The Australian concept of "mateship" became well-known after the Gallipolli fiasco, and we see it clearly here in Vietnam during the war and afterwards. What I learned was that the bonds of "mateship" are usually created by trauma of some kind.. Trauma that no one else outside that experience can fully understand.

This is a sad and heroic story. That a young man can be picked to fight an ill-conceived war at the drop of a marble is grotesque and abusive of itself. Then the abuse of 12 months of war which only achieved ongoing trauma, injury and death, and an aftermath of severe emotional distress.

And "mateship"of a very special kind.

Part of the trauma are the questions asked of oneself afterwards, which are searing in their simplicity and common theme - "could I have done better" or even more devastating - "should I have done better ?" . If the answer is "yes", however unlikely that answer is, then guilt is often the result. And this is a guilt that can last until the trauma is recovered from (to what degree possible), or the person dies.

The author's battle with his demons, and his honesty and courage in dealing with them, brought tears to my eyes more than once. I was not there as a soldier, but as a civilian, but reading his story brought a little more understanding of my own residue of trauma, and, I believe, some healing.

So I thank Barry for writing his story, and unreservedly recommend his book.
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All veterans should read this book. I have recommended it to several of my veteran friends and they could readily identify with it as well as with the feelings the author, Barry Heard, was trying to convey. There are some words and phrases one might not fully understand unless they are familiar with Australia and Australian slang, but those instances don't detract from the overall message...One never really recovers from the horrors of war. I donated a copy to the VA Ann Arbor Michigan Hospital and I heard that some of the mental health practitioners use it as a tool in their counseling. As a veteran, I found a deep appreciation for how Barry finally came to grips with the memories that subconsciously plagued him all his life. If you know a veteran who is suffering from PTSD, get them to read this book. It is not a miracle pill, but it will help both you and your veteran better understand how war has affected everyone.
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