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Nam: The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There Paperback – 1 Jan 1982

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349102392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349102399
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The war in the words of dozens of its veterans easily stands with the best descriptive accounts (New York Times Book Review)

Voices we should listen to powerful (Washington Post)

Convincing ... horrifying (Newsweek)

NAM easily stand with the best descriptive accounts of the war (New York Times Book Review)

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* A powerful and time-honoured collection of interviews with the veterans of Vietnam.

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This book by Mark Baker relates in the words of the participants the war in Vietnam. It is a shocking book, at times it makes you wonder what sort of creature man really is. More than anything it teaches the reader that war is probably the most traumatic and mind-wrecking experience we can find ourselves in. The book is for all the horror totally alive and fascinating, and one feels a great deal of compassion for all those who were marked by the conflict in Vietnam. For me, all ideology, all questions of who is right and who is wrong, is drowned in the sea of bestiality recounted in this book. I would also recommemd to those interested in the subject the excellent book by Hugh McManners "The Scars of War", and "Chickenhawk" by Robert Mason.
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i have read lots of military history books over the years and this is definately one of the best... shocking and harrowing at times but sometimes found myself deeply moved by the sheer honesty of some of the transcripts. what those poor men and women went through should be acknowledged and appreciated by us all!!!
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War is hell. To this end, author Mark Baker collects a vast series of comments from many of the brave men and women who answered the nation's call to duty. In doing so, Baker captures the terrible bloodshed of the Vietnam war.
The only negative factor of this book is that Baker is not a veteran. He is a journalist who did not serve in Vietnam. Consequently, a few of his snapshots are open to question. They certainly make for good copy but as a two tour USMC Vietnam vet I offer with absolute certainty that some parts of this book do not ring true.
Nevertheless, this is an important book. Baker reaches out to vets and allows them to bare their soul. Some sections of this book are horrible. Others reflect well on the quality of the American fighting man. All in all, any young kid who foolishly thinks war is glorious and that the battlefield is a place of honor should read this book. It will probably save his or her life.
Bert Ruiz
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unputdownable.i read it over a decade ago and some of the accounts are so disturbing they have never left me.go ahead and buy-just make sure youve eaten your tea before reading, cos you sure as hell wont want it later.
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As in the title shows how it was to be a grunt in Nam. Has worn well considering how long ago it was written
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This is one of my favourite books on the subject of Vietnam, which is a strange thing to say considering much of the content. The book is made up of accounts from many different people who served in many different roles during the Vietnam war. The accounts range from a couple pages in length to a couple of sentences, but in each there is enough emotion and sentiment to allow the reader to at least appreciate the experiences of the story teller. I think Mark Baker does an excellent job in relaying these stories, and he does so in a way that makes you judge not the person involved but more so the situation in which many of them have been conscripted into. One question I find myself asking is, would I act any different to the GI's who tell tales of murder, rape and torture if I was placed in the same position? This isn't the be all and end all of Vietnam books, just a very important part of the syllabus.
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This book is a very frank and honest history of the Vietnam War by the men and women who served in it. Often touching and disturbing. But what strikes me the most is the ordeals these men and women were thrown into without much thought or direction, in a country many had never heard of against an enemy determined to win at all costs.
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Apart from chapter introductions the book is a colected series of transcripts from the author's interviews with Vietnam veterans. Occasionally humerous they are mostly traumatic, horifying and occasionally filled with pathos. Two conclusions are predominant, the first - that the Veterans were let down by the American people both during and after the event - is already well established. The second - that the Vietnamese were far from the "noble savage" ideal so beloved by the antiwar protesters at the time - is perhaps less so. Just read the part about the use by the VC of 5 year old children with explosives strapped on them and set to trigger when the child is picked up by the unsuspecting GI.
Shocking but compulsive.
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