Long Time Passing, New Edition: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
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.
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cynrwiecko - LibraryThing
Excellent and powerful book Read full review
A Different War
Southie and the Rebels
DRAFT AND PROTEST
Draft Board Blues
The Significant Others
From Losers to Winners
WOMEN AND THE
The SuppHose Five
The Maimed 113
Hawks and Doves
The Reserves and National Guard
Game of Chance
STILL IN SAIGON
The Vet Centers