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Two of the Missing: Remembering Sean Flynn and Dana Stone Paperback – 19 May 2009
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I first read an account of Sean, Dana, and Tim Page (who also figures in the narrative) in Michael Herr's "Dispatches" and searched for this book for many years. (My tag line comes from Herr's comment about Vietnam being, for this group, "the happy childhood they never had.") Now, fortunately, the book is back in print. Those interested in the lives of the members of the journalistic community who become "war junkies" in Vietnam will find this a compelling read. Perry Deane Young probes the lives of Sean and Dana along with his own war experiences. He does not shrink from portraying his subjects as sometimes not particularly likeable. And he grapples with the fact that the members of this band of photographer brothers were caught in as many contradictions as the war they covered: they had to project the proper "war is hell" stance, but at the same time they were hopelessly emeshed in the romance of being young (non-combatant) participants in an exhilarating adventure in an exotic land. And there in lies the rub: Young returned to Vietnam during the last stages of the American involvement as a coda for his book. He writes of being upset at the human damage (mutilated Vietnamese veterans begging on the streets) as if it were a personal affront to his memories of the great times he had half a dozen years before. But that, after all, is simply a reflection of the honesty that permeats this account. The new edition includes a "What happened to..." chapter. Add this to the list of books that help illustrate how America, in it's perpetual haste to forget its past, seems doomed to never learn any lessons from its foreign misadventures.