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Well Done, Those Men: Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Paperback – September 1, 2007
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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very interesting read about an Aussie soldier that heads to Vietnam and then experiences coming home. Very emotional for me and very well written!Published 3 months ago by JRM60
Bought for my father who is a Vietnam vet. He just finished reading it and he said it was very good. He does not find many books interesting, but read this one right through. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by J. Snyder