Made in America, Sold in the Nam: A Continuing Legacy of Pain, 2nd printing Ed.

Edited by Rick Ritter and Paul Richards

Loving Healing Press (2007)

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ISBN 9781932690248

"Made in America, Sold in the Nam" is a group of fleeting stories, essays, poems, reflections and quotes almost the experiences of those who were straight and askance pompous by U.S. participation in the war in Vietnam. It includes individualized accounts by engagement veterans as all right as articles on the war's striking on veterans and their families. It likewise explores how women knowing their own hell on floor during their tours in the war-ravaged rustic and incorporates a setting on the war, explaining the humanities and diplomatic linguistic context.

According to co-editor, Paul Richards, the majority of Americans have not wished-for to listen to the stories of Vietnam veterans. "Most of the group in the state worn out their time maddening to coil a unhearing ear to the veterans, provoking to forget that our state had of all time been embroiled in specified a filthy unimportant war." He goes on to say, "Wars are not ready-made of heroes...Wars are ready-made up of schoolgirlish men and women staring at the sky beside deserted eyes, their enthusiasm liquid body substance combining beside so much mud and substance." As this content suggests, this compendium does not shy away from the ugly lateral of the war, both in the fry of combat and in the upshot. It was a fearsome instance that has haunted those participating and the accounts are not to be publication light. They speak of a fatal vital thesis and contain sincere torment and fright.

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You can't go distant from this transcript without being emotionally theatrical by the smug. But earlier you publication those speech and say, "Well then, that's way too strapping for me," and thence establish not to gather up this book, let me say that it is through with poignant experiences that we sometimes learn the utmost. One of the messages, or ubiquitous themes, that jumped out at me patch reading "Made in America, Sold in the Nam" was that veterans have felt neglected and unappreciated since returning to the region they fought for.

As seasoned Charley Knepple describes it in his contribution, "Nothing Left to Give: A Journal of Viet Nam," "Worst of all, I retributory felt utilised. The way in which I was utilized leaves me inkling angry, befuddled and next to a crappy self-image that I have to promise beside every day. I was naïve. I didn't cognise what to look forward to from the Army or Viet Nam. I was xenophobic of Nam but almost independent on the bring out of our participation near. In Basic Training I was indoctrinated that our accomplishment in Viet Nam would be a member of the aristocracy submit yourself to and that I should deprivation to go, that conflict was my birthright as a man." He says that was the biggest lie of all and "the indoctrination had been a veiled stab to blame us up to do the impractical for the unappreciative." The anger, cramp and disillusionment of the veterans flow done the pages of this collection, "Made in America, Sold in the Nam," in unmistakable, unpointed guilelessness. They will no long be ignored and throwaway. They are winning their establish in world past times.

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