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Bare Feet, Iron Will: Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam's Battlefields Hardcover – April 26, 2010
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From the Back Cover
The Vietnam war left an indelible mark on America. Not since our Civil War has a conflict so divided our people.
And, a generation after the war in Vietnam ended; many Americans remain haunted by its memory. More than three decades after the fall of Saigon, it is time to better understand the enemy we fought in Vietnam and the role their "Iron Will" played in its outcome.
The best way to do so is by sharing the personal experiences of the men and women who epitomized this Will--empowering them to live, fight, endure and prevail in their war with America.
And, by doing so...perhaps those still haunted by the Vietnam conflict can begin the process of exorcising its ghosts.
Stories never before told--from the Other Side of Vietnam's Battlefields ... as revealed in hundreds of personal interviews with enemy veterans & their war diaries.
About the Author
He writes extensively on foreign policy and defense issues, having written hundreds of articles for various newspapers, magazines and professional journals, including:
USA Today The Washington Post The New York Times The Washington Times The LA Times The Chicago Tribune The San Diego Union Parade magazine & others
His articles have covered issues of major importance, oftentimes providing readers with unique perspectives that have never appeared elsewhere. This has resulted, on several occasions, in his work being cited by members of Congress and entered into the US Congressional Record.
His thoughtful perspectives earned him an invitation to join the prestigious Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), of which the honorary co-chairmen are Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Jon Kyl, former Secretary of State George P. Schultz and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey. The CPD is a non-partisan organization with one goal--to stiffen American resolve to confront the challenge presented by terrorism and the ideologies that drive it.
Colonel Zumwalt is featured as one of 56 US military professionals in LEADING THE WAY, a book by best-selling author Al Santoli, which documents the most critical moments of the interviewees' combat experiences from Vietnam to Somalia.
He has also been cited in numerous other books and publications for unique insights based on his research on the Vietnam war, North Korea (a country he has visited ten times and about which he is able to share some very telling observations) and Desert Storm.
Colonel Zumwalt received a presidential appointment to be the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, in which capacity he served from 1991-1992.
Because of his expertise, he also was asked to participate in a very unique educational project conducted at a high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he voluntarily contributes time and resources to educating students on issues of international importance.
Top Customer Reviews
The message in his book is reminiscent of conversations I had with my Dad, a World War II veteran. Growing up, I often asked, "How did the Americans win the war"? His answer was simple. "Determination and Ingenuity."
The GI had a job to do. He was determined to do whatever it took, for however long it took, to defeat the Germans and Japanese. This determination gave rise to an incredible level of ingenuity that continued well after the war.
The qualities exhibited by Americans in the 1940's are the same qualities exhibited by the Vietnamese in the 1960's and 1970's.
Excellent read - 5 Stars!
The only question I have is why it took so long for someone to understand the universal suffering of the Vietnamese and provide us with such insights from their side.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a +30 year military vet, I could not put this book down. This author's first hand story is not only compelling but necessary. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Richard Rodgers
I wanted to read more into the movement of troops and the order of battle and it was extremely short on that kind of information. Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by John J. Deacy
A story that needed telling and the author certainly has the bona fides to tell it. An old Marine traveling to that far-off land to interview the former enemies of him and his... Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Grizzled
This book really made me realize the true consequences of war on both sides and the
toll it took on the Vietnamese people as a whole. Read more