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Letters from Vietnam collects the unadorned voices of men and women who fought -- and, in some cases, fell -- in America’s most controversial war.
Collected into this one volume are the personal, and varying, accounts of American soldiers who fought on the frontlines. Here are the early days of the fight, when adopting a kitten, finding gold in a stream, or helping a local woman give birth were moments of beauty amid the brutality. These inital accounts are later overshadowed by the first-person experiences of firefights, ambushes, and bombings; and the thoughtful, pained reflections on the purpose and progress of the entire Southeastern Asian cause.
From fervent patriotism to awakening opposition, Letters from Vietnam captures the unmistakable echoes of this earlier era, as well as timeless expressions of hope, horror, fear, and faith. This collection of letters brings new insights and imagery to a conflict that is still debated today, and which has clear parallels to America's current foreign policy and engagements.