Russell Coward describes the year he spent in Vietnam during the war teaching South Vietnamese officers English Coward eloquently recounts his experience as an Air Force enlisted man in a war torn country and the lasting effects of the war on him personally Vietnamese history is provided throughout the narrative in an accessible manner to help students place the personal narrative in a historical context Original and historical photographs help readers better understand the experience.This is the second book in a new series, Voices of Twentieth Century Conflict, directed towards high school students The lively writing style and engaging stories help history come alive for students learning about the Vietnam War Also included are a series foreword, timeline, glossary, and Questions for Discussion and Reflection for each chapter Also available in this series is A Voice from the Holocaust....
|Title||:||A Voice from the Vietnam War (Voices of Twentieth-Century Conflict)|
|Publisher||:||Greenwood September 30, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||216 pages|
|File Size||:||689 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Voice from the Vietnam War (Voices of Twentieth-Century Conflict) Reviews
This is without doubt the WORST book about Vietnam I have ever read (and there's lots of competition). The author claims credentials to write about the war, but never got closer to combat than sitting in a bar in Saigon listening to war stories from real soldiers. As a REMF, he has no way of telling which are true and which are false, but chooses to believe only the ones that cast discredit on America. His year in-country was spent inside a sanitzed bubble and he learned nothing from it. He swallows whole every NPR/CBS/SDS/anti-American cliche about the war and automatically rejects anything the government has to say. He repeats all the tired (and demonstrably false) lies about Agent Orange, suicide rates among Vietnam veterans, thw "working class war" myth, etc. Anecdotes = research for him, and he believes anything the Vietnames government told him in 2001 and disbelieves every contrary pience of evidence. Where are the boat people? Where are the three million dead Cambodians, victims of the Khmer Rouge? Where is balance and objectivity? Not in this book. In addition, this book is very poorly written and terminally boring (who cares when the author quit smoking?). How this thing ever found a publisher is a great mystery. Full disclosure: I am embarassed to admit that I was three years ahead of the author at Trinity College and in the same fraternity. My experience in Vietnam was very positive, and most veterans are very proud to have served. Do not under any circumstances buy this rubbish.
I enjoyed Voices from the Vietnam War because of its candid, neutral perspective of a young man who is searching for answers in our morally complex world. Although the author was soldiering in a less dangerous locale of Vietnam and not the front lines, his personal anecdotes, though unglamorous, subtly convey the depth of his uncertainty-- our angst and uncertainty as members of the human race--not only about the Vietnam conflict, but war in general. Coward is an "everyman" with whom the audience can relate, as he struggles to sort out the ethical dilemma that is war. This book is a perfect non-traditional history book aimed at a high school audience, a companion piece to a standard history text. Having never enjoyed Social Studies as a student, I can honestly say I would have not only read this book in its entirety but actually got something out of this academic subject if I had had a book like Voices as a young person. It achieves exactly what it sets out to do in its title, that is, be a "voice" --just one voice that records history from its own individual angle, which is the truest kind of history-- and not the be-all, end-all of Vietnam books, which it holds no pretense of being. I appreciate reading the perspectives of individuals such as the author Coward, no matter what their proximity to the actual fighting. The book is an interesting, insightful coming-of age memoir, with relevance to today's conflicts, which probes us to ponder important questions about our patriotism and world citizenship.
In a "Voice From the Vietnam War" Mr.Coward chronicles his formative years growing up in suburban middle class America. The concepts of democracy, communism and war were abstractions taught and intellectualized in high school and college classrooms. Like most young men of his generation, war became a reality when his government handed him a rifle and sent him off to a remote land in South East Asia.
I recently finished reading A Voice From The Vietnam War, by Russell H. Coward Jr. It seems a long time since Russ and I were teammates on our college basketball team, but for some reason, it doesn't seem such a long time since many of our classmates, friends, and relatives were either volunteering to go to Vietnam or sweating out their draft numbers and wondering what impact that war would have on their lives.