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In Country: Remembering the Vietnam War Hardcover – December 16, 2011
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Prados' great gift is his solid structure and commentary that add a context that might--just might--lead to understanding. (Army Magazine)
A good collection of primary source material that succeeds in the author’s goal of recapturing ‘the smell and the taste’ of Vietnam and the feelings of the vets confronting the land and the adversary. (The VVA Veteran)
John Prados performs a valuable service, drawing together the perspectives of those who fought the war on the ground in Vietnam. The result is illuminating, and often moving. He puts faces on those who bore the burden of the bloody fighting on both sides. This is a must-read for military historians and Vietnam War veterans. (James H. Willbanks, author of Abandoning Vietnam)
Nothing illuminates the true nature of war as well as the voices of those who experienced it firsthand. In this valuable volume, John Prados has gathered together an impressive array of first-person testimony from a wide range of individuals who took part in America's long, controversial war in Vietnam. This book provides readers with page after page of insights on the complex nature of that conflict. Highly recommended. (Marc Leepson, journalist, author, historian)
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Mostly officers and predominately from an American male point of view, he uses each entry to show a condition, be it getting a good price at the PX to combat, with SEALS or draftees who did not want to be there, to the bad and to the good. Some of the individuals we all know, like Norman Schwarzkopf, but most entries are from new names to the reader. Each chapter centers on an era or a place, but in that chapter you can get a glimpse of the overall combat situation. So one goes from the Central Highlands to the 1st Corps region, from the start of the conflict to the Abrams era. Each entry has Prados explaining the circumstances and again, we have a multitude of information and situations. The understanding of the war is clearly deep.
There are some threads that are woven through the book too. For example he has a discussion in a few places about the orders (from a Saigon bureaucrat) ordering off duty troops not to carry firearms. How crazy is that!?
There is one map and no illustrations. It does have a nice balanced introduction by Prados that I found even-handed and helpful. I could see this as an interesting read for the casual reader who can pick it up and put it down at any point and not lose one's place, or as a complimentary book in a University course on Vietnam. Well done!
A truly enjoyable read.