...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
6 Reviews
"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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User Review  - Luftwaffe_Flak - LibraryThing

An absolutely searing and visceral account of one young mans war in Vietnam and its after effects on his life. At times extremely hard to read, making one ask many questions that have no answers ... Read full review

Contents

The Draft the Decisions and The Nam
1
Thailand and The World
207
The Aftermath
337
Photographs
369
Afterword
381
Acknowledgments
407
About the Author
409
Back Cover
413
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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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