Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

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Indiana University Press, 1984 - History - 695 pages
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Praise for the original edition:

"A haunting chorus of voices, a moving deeply disturbing evocation of an era." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Myra MacPherson's book belongs with the best of the works on Vietnam, and there has been no better body of war literature that I know of." --Joseph Heller

"A brilliant and necessary book... this stunning depiction of Vietnam's bitter fruit is calculated to agitate even the most complacent American." --Philadelphia Inquirer

"There have been many books on the Vietnam War, but few have captured its second life as memory better than Long Time Passing." --Washington Post Book World

"A most perceptive and fascinating account of the continuing impact of the Vietnam experience.... As this important book makes clear, we will be paying the costs for Vietnam for long years to come. Myra MacPherson not only lived through the Vietnam years, she writes with the insight of one still deeply caught up in the issues of that tragedy." --George McGovern

"Enthralling reading... full of deep and strong emotions." --New York Times

This new edition of a classic book on the impact of the Vietnam War on Americans reintroduces the haunted voices of the Vietnam era to a new generation of readers. In a new introduction, Myra MacPherson reflects on what has changed, and what hasn't, in the years since these interviews were conducted, explains the key points of reference from the 1980s that feature prominently in them, and brings the stories of her principal characters up-to-date.

 

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Contents

LONG TIME PASSING
1
Prologue
3
Two Soldiers
8
The Generation
24
A Different War
45
Southie and the Rebels
63
DRAFT AND PROTEST
85
Draft Board Blues
87
MAKING
279
Successful Veterans 281
281
From Losers to Winners
295
The Wounded
320
RESISTANCE
331
The Exiles
353
The Imprisoned
379
WOMEN AND THE
401

The Chosen
99
The Maimed
113
Hawks and Doves
120
The Scams
129
The Reserves and National Guard
139
Game of Chance
148
Confessions
155
Impressions
168
STILL IN SAIGON
175
PostTraumatic Stress
177
The Afflicted
197
The Criminals
209
The Vet Centers
227
The Disordered
247
The Significant Others
259
The SuppHose Five
425
The Women Who Went
438
Women at the Barricades
456
VIETNAM KALEIDOSCOPE
479
The Reluctant Warriors 512
512
The Warriors
533
The Blacks
552
Drugs Bad Paper Prison
572
Agent Orange 586
586
Requiem for a Generation
603
Postscript 1993
623
Glossary
649
Acknowledgments 671
671
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About the author (1984)

Myra MacPherson was a longtime political writer for the Washington Post and was recently cited for her work in a New Yorker profile of the newspaper. She continues to write for national magazines and the Internet.

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