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When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir by [Glyn Haynie]
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Memoirs are usually not written by professional historians, and their worth depends on effectively communicating experience. Haynie's account succeeds wonderfully, and his success is oddly due to a technique long used by professional historians: The use of (mostly) contemporary letters written by his comrades that are expertly placed around the events that he also experienced. Although the letters have likely been edited to exclude certain personal details, Haynie did not edit them to include only "action" accounts. In preserving comrades' routine of life, something else is communicated: The reality that a soldiers' life also includes army procedures, boredom, recovery from disease and wounds, and plain trivia. Using this technique essentially transforms Haynie's memoir from a strictly "as I saw it" account into a group memoir, with great added value for readers. Haynie's own prose is straightforward, unaffected and unembellished, which also adds to its veracity. As a professional historian, I enjoyed the book much and finished it knowing something more about both the Vietnam War and the subjective experience of those who fought it. I recommend this book without reservation. -- Richard F. Miller - Historian, Author, Journalist

Personal and moving - A young soldier's view of the war. While the narrative is engaging, the photos are terrific. The author is not judgmental, and I was moved by how eloquently he was able to recall events nearly 50 years ago. His description of a young man at war is timeless. I gather his R&R in Bangkok worked out OK, somewhat akin to turkey with all the trimmings. --Charles Krohn - Author, The Lost Battalion of Tet

About the Author

Glyn Haynie served twenty years in the Army, retiring March 1, 1989. During his twenty-year service, he continued to serve in the Infantry. Later in his career, he served as a Drill Instructor, a First Sergeant, and an Instructor at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA). After retirement from the Army, He completed a BS degree in Computer Information Systems and an MA degree in Computer Resources and Information Systems. He worked as a software engineer/project manager for eight years and then taught at Park University as a full-time instructor and as an adjunct instructor for thirteen years. He is retired and lives in Texas.

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  • Publication date : December 9, 2016
  • File size : 16121 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 262 pages
  • Publisher : Glyn Haynie (December 9, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B01MRVU9TN
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Lending : Enabled
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