Landing Zones: Southern Veterans Remember Vietnam (Hardback)James R. Wilson (author)
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These stories focus on a uniquely southern view of Vietnam. In terms of numbers the South shouldered more than its share of human cost-31 percent of Americans who served came from one of the eleven states of the old Confederacy, and 28 percent of the dead were southerners. Southerners also brought to Vietnam certain shared cultural tastes and a particularly southern heritage of honor in military service stemming from the Civil War. For many, as their testimony reveals, a sense of patriotism was tested and questioned by the horrors of war, and for others that patriotism was a continued source of strength.
Individually and collectively, however, these oral histories make up a picture of war that prevents us from forgetting the truth as one veteran put it: "Vietnam was not one war, but a thousand little nasty wars."
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 x 28 mm
--William S. Price Jr.," The North Carolina Historical Review"
"Wilson is plainly a skilled and sensitive interviewer. . . . Landing Zones conveys a pivotal dimension of the conflict and its aftermath with compelling honesty."
--John F. Guilmartin Jr.," The Journal of Southern History"
"There is a great deal of wisdom in this book, not the sterile wisdom of academe but the practical wisdom of the men and women who were part of the war. For a group of people who witnessed the war from the bottom, these veterans display a remarkable degree of understanding of what happened to them and the nation during the Vietnam War. . . . Those who seek to understand the human legacies of the Vietnam War . . . would do well to begin, or end, here."
--Caroline F. Ziemke," Georgia Historical Quarterly"