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House of Purple Hearts: Stories of Vietnam Vets Who Find Their Way Back 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0788151743
ISBN-10: 0788151746
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There are an estimated half-million veterans on the streets of America, a third of them Vietnam vets. In downtown Boston, the extraordinary New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans houses, feeds and rehabilitates some of them. Founded in 1969 by three combat vets?Ken Smith, Mark Helberg, Peace Foxx?the shelter offers drug and alcohol detoxification programs, post-traumatic stress disorder therapy, job training and assistance in obtaining benefits. Freelance journalist Solotaroff's compelling book?his first?is largely a portrait of five Vietnam vets who have been salvaged by the shelter's rigorous program, "a humane version of the Army," demonstrating that broken vets can be healed in the supportive community of their peers. Solotaroff's book has done for these men in peacetime what Michael Herr's Dispatches did for them when they were grunts in Nam, i.e., described accurately, artfully and compassionately the lingering trauma of combat.
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The image of the dysfunctional, war-crazed Vietnam veteran whose heroic service in Southeast Asia was ignored or ridiculed by those at home is strongly entrenched in America's popular imagination. Along with the widespread belief in governmental duplicity on the missing in action, it is an enduring legacy of Vietnam. Journalist Solotaroff offers a prime example of this viewpoint as he relates the life histories of a number of veterans and outlines the short history of the New England Shelter for Homeless Vets. The personal narratives of the now middle-aged veterans are compelling portrayals of men whose wartime memories and post-Vietnam alcohol and drug abuse has pushed them to the brink. However, the powerful impact of these stories is continually negated by Solotaroff's wild and unsubstantiated opinions on the homelessness, suicide rates, etc., of the veterans. The story of the Vietnam veteran's adjustment to civilian life awaits a legitimate, disciplined writer and researcher. Not recommended.?John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, N.Y.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788151746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788151743
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,141,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 6, 1999
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This is possibly the best down-home earthy style book I've read about the Vietnam Conflict. It is heartwrenching and true, and something you'll not soon forget. I'm sorry that it has fallen out of print, because it deals with an issue no one wants to talk about: the war we lost, and the stashing of our veterans out of public view.
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I have read this book at least three times. It has changed my views completely on what war does to our men. It also helped me to understand what was happening in my own life when I was a young woman married to a vet.
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As a Vietnam veteran with PTSD I found this book an ez read. I Learned to see things that I put myself and family through from different perspectives. I was so impressed that I forwarded the title to my VA counsellor for her review.
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Paul Solotaroff's work provides great insight into the lives, both private and public, of our often overlooked and once reviled Vietnam veterans. Not only were they witness to tremendous cruelties while serving active duty, they returned to a country where few understood. Our servicemen were expected to return to life as usual from the time they stepped out of the battle fields. Solotaroff mixes statistical information with individual stories of these courageous men in a very compelling way. Among all the injustices of our society and government towards these soldiers, Solotaroff tells a story of three vets' dreams and the hope they have brought to many others through their determination and hard work. The tales of the continuing effects of PTSD should help the reader to understand not only the Vietnam era vets, but also our military personnel presently serving in wars and police actions around the world.
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Highly recommended for anyone interested in veterans issues, history, the Vietnam War and the American experience of the 60's, 70's and 80's. I read this and realized that, although I am not a Vietnam-era veteran, it still described many of my experiences as a vet. I remembered reading about how Vietnam vets come home and could not believe how little the American public knew about the issues they faced. I felt the exact same way about my experience 30 years later.
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