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NAM, The Story of a Generation: (a novel) Paperback – September 27, 2017
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"Smith's effort is nothing short of extraordinary. The story is emotional and heartfelt and feels 100 percent authentic. Most impressively, it covers all major aspects of the war: American culture before, during, and after the conflict; the various mind-sets of young men and their parents before they entered the war (and during and after); debates about the war's purpose; in-country living, fighting, and friendships; death and war wounds--and coping with both afterward; the rich tapestry of the counterculture; the war from the perspective of Vietnamese fighters and civilians; the protest movement and veterans' reactions to it; the effect the war had on veterans in the near aftermath as well as thirty years later. It's a tremendous history lesson and thoroughly entertaining." -- David Aretha, editor of The Sixties Chronicle and books on the Vietnam War.
"...This is one of those rare semi-autobiographical American Vietnam War novels that includes a substantial cast of well drawn and realistically portrayed Vietnamese characters....I highly recommend this well-written book. It held my attention and more." -- David Wilson, Books in Review II, The VVA Veteran
"An ambitious tale that attempts to capture the epic size of the Vietnam conflict."--Kirkus Review
From the Author
We felt safe and protected. Parents never locked their doors. There were few drug or gang problems. There were new inventions and new model cars every year. Parents had good jobs and money to spend. Things were always getting better; the mood was upbeat.
Imagine then being dropped from this comfortable life into the middle of a jungle war halfway around the world. Most landed with no clear idea of what, who or why they were fighting. And, imagine if you were a serviceman, being chastised and reviled by your peers, the politicians and military brass, and the very war veterans you looked up to. Coming home and dealing with that was very difficult.
There's no easy explanation how the Vietnam war was waged, who fought, and why.
I wanted to write an historical fiction novel that, through its characters and their stories, would give the reader an excellent viewpoint of that time and our war, and I believe I have done that. I'm a great fan of James A. Michener and Herman Wouk. This novel, I believe, lives up to their examples.
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The only negative thing I found with the novel, and this may very well just be my opinion, is the skipping between locations/characters, which you would expect, and the skipping between times on top of that. Perhaps by using a recent time and giving us the background as flashbacks would have made the story a bit easier to follow. Don’t get me wrong. It was only a nuisance; but a nuisance nevertheless.
In Nam, Smith focuses more on the characters, than the war itself, and this pays off with great character development, a crucial aspect of any successful novel. The various personalities within the pages are clearly defined and although we meet people from both sides of the conflict, the personal struggles between characters mostly take place with others on their own side. I can’t say much more without giving away the complex but fascinating plots of Nam, but I can recommend this book to anyone looking to understand what life was like back then. I also commend Smith on his research into the conflict. Having studied the Vietnam War over the decades since, I was unable to find a single instance when something did not ring true.
All and all, Nam is a fascinating and important look back at a war that should have never happened.
Reviewed by Daniel L Little - November 19, 2017 – I received a free advance copy of this book to read on Librarything.
Marcus Joseph Cameron, nicknamed “Mark” by some and “Cam” by others, was born to Depression Era parents on August 16, 1948, in Helena, Montana. Growing up in a modest house on a dusty, unpaved street on the edge of town, he played baseball with his pals in a vacant lot, using a beat-up secondhand glove and a chicken-wire fence as a backstop. At age eight, he idolized Julie Wicks, two years his senior, who lived across the street. In 1965, his buddy, Joe Wills, graduated a year ahead of him, joined the Army and left for basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. In South Vietnam, General William Westmoreland, a decorated World War 2 veteran, took command of two battalions of the Marine Expedition Brigade, the first contingent of U.S. ground troops sent there to ensure the safety of an air base at Da Nang. Nobody in Helena thought much about it.
Also on August 16, 1948, in a trailer on a construction site in Fullerton, California, another baby boy was born to golf-course developer George Johnson and his wife Clara. They named him Jeremiah Theodore Johnson, but almost from the beginning he became “Jay,” and later “JT.” George Johnson had waited a long time for a son. The midwife had hardly finished swaddling the infant than George grabbed him and raced outside to show him the nearly finished golf course, where George envisioned the boy would learn the game, would love the game, would become a PGA champion. Twelve years later, the course and private club had succeeded beyond George’s wildest dreams, Jay could hit the ball two hundred yards straight down the fairway, and the family moved into their new custom home overlooking the eleventh green. Just down the street lived Richelle “Ricky” Gaston. She and JT became buddies, inseparable. In 1967, JT was headed to Fullerton State on a golf scholarship. Many others his age were headed to Vietnam.
In 1932, on a poor farm in the Red River Delta of North Vietnam, Le Van Dat was born into a family of many children. His country had been at war for decades, fighting to free themselves from one oppressor or another. As a farmer, Dat’s prospects were grim. At sixteen, he gathered his few belongings and ran away to join the North Vietnamese Army, the Viet Mihn. One day, bucking all the odds, he would become a general.
Nam: The Story of a Generation follows the lives of these three, along with a handful of their friends and lovers, through the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. In masterful prose, Mel Smith manages to evoke the smells, sounds, and sights of an era in a way that is compassionate, subtle, and gripping. If you were too young or too old to have been personally involved, you will come to know it. If you lived it, you will remember.
This is a searing account of what the Vietnam war did to a generation of Americans. Those who went to war came home maimed in body and spirit. The author served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war. He has incorporated stories that he heard from Vietnam vets into the book. It is also a love story, of 2 Vietnamese caught on opposite sides of the war. This book made me sad at the suffering of so many people for an avoidable war. The author makes it clear that the Vietnam vets think that the war was a mistake. The book opens with two vets talking about Vietnam and worried that a new generation of politicians will send American soldiers into an unnecessary war. They are watching a little league baseball game in 1998. The book was published in 2017, so the author has made his characters look into the future with good reason. The Iraq war was another mistake.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone trying to understand what the Vietnam war did to America.
One quote: "The heavens weep at our parting, NU Chi, but the future is a bright sunny promise."
I thank LibraryThing, First Steps publishing and the author for sending me this book.
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