I was surprised by how much i hated this book. I read it in the original Italian, and couldn't believe how crude it was. Every chapter smacks the reader over the head with a moral - about how obedient and respectful to your elders you must be. It doesn't even redeem itself with a gripping story, or decent prose. The Disney film is far more entertaining.
This book is a fascinating account of the war. Its strength lies in its perspective - the war seen through the eyes of people on the ground - mostly working class americans on the one side, and vietnamese peasants on the other. It's a very useful corrective to all the myths propagated about the conflict. Jonathan Neale has a very engaging writing style. If you enjoy reading this, i'd also recommend his novel on British naval mutinies at the time of the French revolution, "Mutineers"
Town and Country seem to be out of step with every other manufacturer in how they measure feet - i bought some 'size 11', which should be plenty big enough. But they are far too small - they are size 8 at most, despite the way they are labelled. In other respects, it seems like quite a decent product, but i had to send it back as i'd never be able to wear it. What do they hope to gain by misdescribing their footwear in this way?