In Enduring Vietnam, James Wright, historian and former President of Dartmouth College, focuses on those soldiers -- the war fighters -- who took part in ground combat in South East Asia. Wright’s accounts of what these men endured in battle and of their experiences afterwards, when they returned to a divided America, are required reading for anyone who wants to understand the seminal event of the baby boomer generation. Drawing on 160 interviews with veterans and family members of those who died in the war, this is a powerful and heartbreaking book.
James Wright is President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College. He is the author or editor of several books, including Those Who Have Borne the Battle. His efforts on behalf of veterans and education have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, ABC World News, and VFW Magazine, and he has been recognized by educational, veteran, and service organizations. He serves on the Boards of the Semper Fi Fund, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and on the Campaign Leadership Committee for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Education Center. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.
"Jim Wright's history of the Vietnam War captures the voices of the combat veterans who bore the brunt of their leaders' mistakes in the Vietnam War. His pitch perfect account of what those men experienced reminds us again of so many lives lost too soon, of wounds both physical and psychological, of the losses that last for lifetimes, all for a cause that was never clear or compelling. Enduring Vietnam is an important addition to the literature of the Vietnam War." --Peter S. Prichard, retired editor, USA Today, Chairman, Newseum. Vietnam veteran
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The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows.