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Deros Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle Paperback – September 7, 2012
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This book is unique in the Vietnam canon. There are gripping infantryman novels, like Caputo's, and there are brilliant intellectual and reportorial works like Hoerr's Dispatches, to cite personal favorites. But Bradley's book is neither. It is about what was probably the most typical Vietnam experience, the soldier relatively safe in the rear but nevertheless fully exposed to the belly of the beast which was the US Army in Vietnam. The Army lied, cheated, and lost in Vietnam. But they expected every "swinging dick," as the phrase went, to drink the Koolaid. Which wasn't going to happen with college educated draftees in the rear who had the relative luxury of contemplating their situation. And so you basically had a war within a war, with the military establishment on one side and the disrespectful, but idealistic and smart, headquarters clerks on the other. Clerks versus jerks. Mr. Bradley tells what that was like and they are true stories in every sense of the word. Some are funny. Some are tragic. Some are poignant. All are good.
In that vein, I also recommended the book to my wife for one of her many book clubs and got the puzzled "What?Read more ›
The way the author writes feels very natural, like he is in the room telling me the story. My favorite was "Malaria," a very human look at the relationship between a father and son. This is also one of the rare books where the introduction was just as good as the main stories, you can really tell that the author put part of himself into each of the stories.
A great read, definitely recommend.
Obviously, I enjoyed this book because of it's parallel view of service in the war zone. The stories are spot on for their dates and setting. The politics are etched deeply in my memory of those days, and the human military behavior side of the stories are just what would be expected based on my own military experiences.
Regardless of political views regarding Vietnam, this is a book that is a great read. Hat's off to Mr. Bradley for both writing this book and for his service to his country.
The U.S. army headquarters correspondents created many of their stories from 2nd or 3rd hand accounts
of actual battles, casualties, etc.
Therefore, the book is a compilation of random "short stories" rather than a typical chapter-by-chapter book account of the Vietnam War.
Finally, the author - Doug Bradley does a great job of blending military jargon, humor and darkness into each of these short stories!
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An interesting story about military members in Vietnam who were not engaged in actual combat.Published 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great book. I would recommend to anyone who was there, and to those fortunate enough not to know how it was.Published on June 26, 2014 by JBS
If war was a color it would be red and black. Red for blood and black for death.
But for every brave soul who bleeds or dies, there are many more who don't. Read more
Take 25 guys and put them somewhere they don’t want to be, led by someone they don’t respect, and many of these stories will be very similar regardless of the location. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Kent C. Draper
Doug Bradley's collection of well-crafted stories, decades in the making, are from the point of view of a soldier who spent his 365 days in Vietnam -- counting down to DEROS -- not... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by xoff
Poignant,at times funny and a completely different perspective on a war that remains a powerful pain in the American psyche. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by JJ Garner