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Book Review: Made in America, Sold in the Nam by Rick Ritter
Publication Date:May 13, 2010
Hope and Healing For All Who Have Been Touched by War
Made in America, Sold in the Nam brings together the writings of more than two dozen Vietnam-era veterans who have never before had the chance to speak their peace. Through diaries, essays, and poems, each contributor brings a unique first-person perspective that will be appreciated by veterans, their families, and historians. Taken together, this book represents the conscience of a nation: patriotic, duty-bound, and mired in a swamp of confusion and pain.
New Second Edition includes material by the spouses, adult children, and other survivors of the war. Made in America, Sold in the Nam is Book #2 in the Reflections of History Series from Modern History Press.
* For Viet Nam Vets: an opportunity to verify their experiences against experiences of others leading to validation and perhaps even an airing of their suspicions and fears about themselves. No matter how long it has been, healing is possible.
* For Families of the KIA: peace and understanding about the experiences of their loved one and if they have letters from their loved ones, perhaps a way to fill in what could never be spoken.
* For Adult Children and Spouses of Vets: empathy for their war experience, in spite of whether or not there has been communication about how it really went down.
* For Vets of Recent Conflicts: a shortcut to understanding the overall experience of war and how one copes with its indelible marks. Discover the commonality of those who have endured their time as warriors.
* For Society and Generations to come:
. Learn what really happens during a modern military conflict.
. A plea for wisdom in how we deal with other peoples on Earth.
. A chance to break the cycle of doing the same things and hoping for magically different outcomes.
"That there is conflict and confusion over how we are to view the Viet Nam War and how we are to feel about those who sacrificed for this effort, makes this book all the more important. These pieces give the average person insight into what really happened to those that served and what they thought that they were trying to accomplish. There is some personal truth, buried emotion, and a few heroes in their own right." -Tami Brady, TCM Reviews
Modern History Press is an imprint of Loving Healing Press (www.LovingHealing.com)
File Size: 2059 KB
Print Length: 289 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932690247
Publisher: Modern History Press; 2nd edition (May 13, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Review:Forget your high school and college accounts of Vietnam. They were mostly wrong. This book was a tough read for me. I'm anti-war but PRO-SOLDIER. I've always supported the troops and I'm the first to complain and donate to causes for them. This book makes me want to do even more.
It is heartbreaking to read what these men went through and to see how the war affected some the same and some differently. It's such an honor to be allowed to know their thoughts.
Before this book, I'd only spoken to one person about Nam and it wasn't so much that he had wanted to speak of it. He was given a purple heart for injury in Name. He told me "As your leaving, they're telling you that you're a hero to your country, wounded in battle. What you're thinking is: I need to stay, I should be dying with my buddies, not living and going home." I was told that years ago. I'll never forget it.
These stories are each just as gripping in their own way. Pick this book up. You owe it to everyone that's stoop up and defended out country to hear their side.