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"Dead: 57, 661."
"Here are 33 who survived...We have tried to put into honest words the raw experience of what happened to us. We have reflected upon that experience, recalling, among other things, that we were once idealistic young people confronted by the awesomeness of fighting other human beings...
"Please understand that we are not asking for a parade, a monument or pity. But we do ask you to remember in your own way the 57,661 Americans who died in the war. Perhaps all of them died in vain. But if we as individuals and as a nation learned something of human value for having been in Southeast Asia, their sacrifice, we maintain, was not futile..."--from the Preface by Al Santoli
PRAISE FOR EVERYTHING WE HAD:
"If I had to recommend only one book as a guide to stepping into the skin of a Vietnam Veteran, Everything We Had would be it...These men and women are complete people...the reader can almost reach out and touch them."
--Kansas City Times
"Superbly renders the voices and experiences of 33 of the survivors: the fear, atrocities, ineptitude, bravery, love, and yes, even humor...Santoli organizes it and structures it beautifully in the often profane patois of the American men and women who participated."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer