...and a hard rain fell: A GI's True Story of the War in Vietnam

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Jan 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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"A magnetic, bloody, moving, and worm's-eye view of soldiering in Vietnam, an account that is from the first page to last a wound that can never heal. A searing gift to his country."-Kirkus Reviews

The classic Vietnam war memoir, ...and a hard rain fell is the unforgettable story of a veteran's rage and the unflinching portrait of a young soldier's odyssey from the roads of upstate New York to the jungles of Vietnam. Updated for its 20th anniversary with a new afterword on the Iraq War and its parallels to Vietnam, John Ketwig's message is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago.

"Solidly effective. He describes with ingenuous energy and authentic language that time and place."-Library Journal

"Perhaps as evocative of that awful time in Vietnam as the great fictions...a wild surreal account, at its best as powerful as Celine's darkling writing of World War One."-Washington Post

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

this book was mostly just sad. war does horrible things to people on all sides. i liked how the author was just honest about what he felt while he was in vietnam. the way he was trained and treated in ... Read full review

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Even though I can relate to terms and language used while in Vietnam I found many of the stories exaggerated from him being drunk, high on dope or both. I guess if someone wants to learn about the Vietnam War through the eyes of a drunken pot head read the book. We and I repeat WE never dishonored or war dead by throwing their bodies in the back of a dump truck or any other method described in this book. I spent almost two years in Vietnam and no I did not go through Tet like he did and I know it was pretty bad up north so I give him credit for acquainting us with the realities of war.
I flew combat missions as a door gunner and way to many times flew in to recover the dead Gi's. We wouldn't even stack the bodies or throw them on board, to much respect.
Sorry 1 star really should get none.


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About the author (2008)

John Ketwig was sent to Vietnam in September 1967 and completed his tour a year later. His account was originally published in 1985 to tremendous acclaim. John currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Carolynn.

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