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on 27 November 2013
Having read numerous Vietnam war books I have to say that this is the first I have come across that details the experience of an "everyman" draftee. Initially you can really put yourself in the author's shoes and imagine the fear, anger and confusion a draft call up would bring. From this promising start the book descends into a dull daily journal of filling sand bags, digging holes and endless lists of the author's daily food consumption. While this may be an honest and realistic portayal of life in the army it does not make for a riveting read. Even when something extraordinary occurs such as the death of one of the author's fellow soldiers you get no real sense of emotion, just a bland cataloguing of the event. I appreciate not every soldier in the Vietnam war experienced a guns blazing, action filled campaign but equally I struggle to see how this became anything more than the plodding private and personal journal that it reads as. I do however offer my deepest respect to the author and all the other draftees for what they were forced to experience during the Vietnam war.
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on 19 September 2013
A lot different to the usual Vietnam books but still worth a read. Having served in a war myself I know what he was going through. Unending periods of boredom with short bursts of panic where you fear for your life. War is not glamorous, like Hollywood would have you believe, it is a dangerous and lonely place.
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on 17 August 2012
This book gave a lot of personal detail about how the war effected everyday GIs. It lacks the drama of big canvas books like Bright Shining Lie, but it fills out some of the detail about day to to day fighting and living in Vietnam 1969.
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on 11 February 2014
What a refreshingly different account excellent !!! Would definitely recommend this book having read others accounts of this war I really enjoyed reading about the every day things That went on brilliant read!!
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on 1 June 2015
A very nice book but I don't see how anybody can give it five stars as some people have. It is a day to day journal covering the drudgery and danger of a year in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1969. There is no actual historical events mentioned and the author admits the most important daily events were getting enough food and sleep. This is an interesting book if you take it for what it is - a diary of Harry Enoch's time in Nam, hisorians of the war will need to look elsewhere. I give it three and a half stars, worth a read at this bargain price.
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on 17 June 2014
I have never read such an intelligent and honest account of serving in the Vietnam War. It gives a very real idea of what it was like to be there.
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on 2 April 2013
As others have said this is written in the style of a day by day diary of the authors tour of Vietnam. I enjoyed the kindle version as it is a relatively short read with short chapters. It certainly gives a realistic idea of what day to day real life was like rather than the macho versions seen in films like platoon. I would of liked a bigger epilogue of how the author coped with returning to the world over the years. Well worth my 77p.
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on 7 July 2014
Very matter-of fact, gave (what seemed like) a realistic picture of 'Nam' - neither John Wayne nor Oliver Stone.
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on 12 February 2014
A different slant on the war which gives a first hand account of the issues faced by the ordinary infantry man.
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on 30 January 2014
Great read from a diary point of view about Vietnam in 1968-69 not all about death & gung ho American soldiers
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