Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

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Bernard Edelman
W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - History - 326 pages
18 Reviews
More than twenty-five years after the official end of the Vietnam War, Dear America allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200 letters, they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in the bush, their longing for home and family, their emotions over the conduct of the war, and their ache at the loss of a friend in battle. Poignant in their rare honesty, the letters from Vietnam are "riveting,...extraordinary by [their] very ordinariness...for the most part, neither deep nor philosophical, only very, very human" (Los Angeles Times). Revealing the complex emotions and daily realities of fighting in the war, these close accounts offer a powerful, uniquely personal portrait of the many faces of Vietnam's veterans. Over 100,000 copies sold.
  

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User Review  - crashmyparty - LibraryThing

Absolutely no words can describe exactly how this book made me feel. Not having much knowledge on the Vietnam war, this book really opened my eyes and my heart - it really made me feel something, just reading these simple letters home. I'm very, very glad I read this book. Read full review

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User Review  - David Ward - Goodreads

Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam by Bernard Edelman, Editor (WW Norton & Co. 2002)(959.70438). More than 200 letters home from Vietnam era servicemen to family, friends, and others have been ... Read full review

Contents

Cherries First Impressions
33
Humping the Boonies
57
Beyond the Body Count
103
Base Gamp War at the Rear
141
World of Hurt
169
What Am I Doing Here?
203
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
235
Last Letters
277
Glossary
301
Acknowledgments
307
The Mission of the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission
313
Visiting the Memorial
315
The Making of the Film
317
Index of Contributors
319
About the Editor
329
Copyright

Epilogue
297

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About the author (2002)

Bernard Edelman served as a broadcast specialist/correspondent in Vietnam. He is the author of Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It

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