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Same River, Different Water: A Veteran's Journey from Vietnam to Viet Nam Paperback – May 4, 2012
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My wife and I are friends with Doug and Cindy Young. I'm a Vietnam veteran having served 19 months with the 108th artillery supporting the 101st Airborne. Doug re-introduced me to the beautiful country on my first trip back in 2005.
The thing I love about Doug's book is it's a very personal look at the people and culture of Vietnam that most people do not get to see. Any of us can travel or study a country, but it is almost impossible to really get to know the country in a few weeks or a month. Doug's pictures and writing take the reader inside Viet Nam for a very personal look at a beautiful people and country. I felt myself tearing up as I read the book. Viet Nam has become a place I love and Doug describes this feeling of love so clearly.
Doug is an excellent photographer. His photos help illustrate his story and the beauty of the amazing country. The photos also help describe a warm and friendly people that love westerners.
This book is far different than a veteran's view or a travel guide. It's a look inside a country's soul and a veteran's soul at the same time.
Thomas E. Murray, Ph. D.
University of Central Florida
Doug Young is clearly in love with Viet Nam and its people and that feeling is reflected as much in the splendid photographs he provides as in the telling of his story. There are many insights here about life in Viet Nam today, as well as a deep well of information about how westerners may adapt to this alien climate and environment. While there is much here that will inform those who once patrolled the "boonies" of Vietnam of how different indeed today's country is from the one of their experience, there is also an absolute wealth of content for non-veterans who simply want to have a westerner's view of what it is like to visit and to live in Viet Nam today.
Hopefully, this won't be this author's last work on this topic, as his reflective writing leaves one full of wonderful insights - and wanting more!
Douglas Young is an excellent writer, and he uses insightful stories to help us get beyond our old memories of the Vietnam war, and see a very much changed Viet Nam. Doug and his wife Cindy spent a year and a half living and teaching in Viet Nam, and they bring to us a Viet Nam most Americans either would not think about or imagine. Using beautiful photographs and excellent writing, they use their experiences there as a means to show the misconceptions Americans share, and how much Viet Nam has changed beyond those misconceptions.
Doug Young shows us that Viet Nam is a place worth returning to, visiting, or living in.
Mel Schenck, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just finished Doug's book and it was wonderfully written. My wife and I are planning on returning to Vietnam in September. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charlie K.
If you are interested in knowing what it would be like to live in Viet Nam these days, you could not do better than this book. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by DIgital Monk
I have known Doug Young, the author, for many years and was excited to read this book. I knew that I would enjoy the photography and the reflections, because I enjoy Doug's blog,... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Christina L. Berry