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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: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerald E. Murphy on January 23, 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By travellingcowboy on August 29, 2010
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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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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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A must read if you are interested in what our Vietnam Vets went through, and why most have had trouble integrating back into society. Was captivated from page one, and definitely assisted me in understanding the thought processes of fiends who are returned Vets. Truly a must read for all that profess compassion in their life.
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By Goal fan on December 15, 2013
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A true account of one man's experience in Vietnam which had long term effects on his life. I believe many Vietnam vets relate to this book.
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By Well Done Those Men on September 19, 2013
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This was a good read and a great insight into PTSD. Will recommend to my family and friends. It should be compulsory reading for commanders and soldiers at all levels.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the way it is written. It explains why so many young soldiers had problems adjusting back into a normal life post Vietnam, no wind down or de-programming, and why they were misunderstood.
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The book took you on the full journey of a Vietnam Vet. Giving the reader a wonderful insight of the war and what it did to the soldiers that returned, without thanks or help to cope with what they went through.

Purchase this book and I have no doubt you will enjoy the read.
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