Long Time Passing, New Edition: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

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Indiana University Press, Apr 20, 2009 - History - 736 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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Unlike the previous reviewer, whose comments are appreciated, I was absorbed by MacPherson's book having lived through this war myself. Because I was female I did not receive a draft notice nor did I volunteer even though I was of age.
The ball of yarn that is Vietnam is unwinding and tightening as we speak. There are those who went who remain bitter about the loss and the treatment they received upon returning to The World. There is the undeserved guilt that those who did not serve feel deeply. There is the agony of those who survived in pieces-psychologically and physically whose lives were ruined by a government and populace that misunderstood them what they had endured and why. This war, unlike other wars, was a "day job" in that forces were often helicoptered out in the morning and, of those who were still standing, airlifted out in the evening. Often they lost buddies on the field that they never saw again-dead or alive because they were medivaced out. And just as suddenly, if they survived, they were sitting in their living rooms watching the Super Bowl. As if nothing happened.
There's nothing nice about the Vietnam War and yes, as the previous reviewer stated, we are divided. The Boomer generation that fought and lived through this war remains incredibly divided. But I found this book very eye-opening and informative. The interviews were balanced and broad.
I thought the project was so important that I bought two copies-one for my brother-in-law, a West Point graduate who served in VN and one for my sister, his wife, who served as a Donut Dollie in Danang and a couple of other hot spots. They loved the book.
 

Review: Long Time Passing, New Edition: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

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A lot of BS but then again if you believe half of the book then its not a bad read. Its to bad that she didn't check some of the veteran's stories because some of they tales are pure BS. A lot of want to be's Read full review

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
The Disordered
247
The Significant Others
259
MAKING
279
Successful Veterans
281
From Losers to Winners
295
The Wounded
320
WOMEN AND THE
401
The SuppHose Five
425

The Chosen
99
The Maimed 113
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 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
Requiem for a Generation
603
Glossary
649
Acknowledgments
671
Index
679
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About the author (2009)

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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