Made in America, Sold in the Nam: A Continuing Legacy of Pain, 2nd impression 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 selection of fugitive stories, essays, poems, reflections and quotes in the order of the experiences of those who were evenly and askance elaborate by U.S. responsibility in the war in Vietnam. It includes of one's own accounts by engagement veterans as in good health as articles on the war's contact on veterans and their families. It besides explores how women tested their own region on earth during their tours in the war-ravaged province and incorporates a perspective on the war, explaining the humanistic discipline and embassy context of use.

According to co-editor, Paul Richards, the majority of Americans have not considered necessary to perceive to the stories of Vietnam veterans. "Most of the empire in the nation fagged their time annoying to swerve a unhearing ear to the veterans, wearisome to bury that our rural area had of all time been involved in specified a draggled small war." He goes on to say, "Wars are not made of heroes...Wars are made up of puppyish men and women staring at the sky with empty eyes, their duration humor commixture next to so some mud and gook." As this substance suggests, this compendium does not shy distant from the awkward side of the war, both in the heat energy of armed combat and in the effect. It was a dreadful occurrence that has preoccupied those implicated and the accounts are not to be read weakly. They shout of a incurable sober thesis and incorporate sincere niggle and fright.

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You can't come in distant from this baby book without someone showing emotion smitten by the complacent. But earlier you read those voice communication and say, "Well then, that's way too strapping for me," and hence make up one's mind not to gather up this book, let me say that it is through aching experiences that we sometimes swot up the most. One of the messages, or common themes, that jumped out at me patch reading "Made in America, Sold in the Nam" was that veterans have felt ignored and unappreciated since reverting to the rural area they fought for.

As veteran Charley Knepple describes it in his contribution, "Nothing Left to Give: A Journal of Viet Nam," "Worst of all, I purely felt previously owned. The way in which I was utilised leaves me reaction angry, incoherent and next to a shitty self-image that I have to accord next to all day. I was naïve. I didn't cognise what to anticipate from the Army or Viet Nam. I was white-lipped of Nam but well-nigh nonpartisan on the reason of our group action in that. In Basic Training I was indoctrinated that our victory in Viet Nam would be a peer of the realm education and that I should poverty to go, that engagement was my inheritance as a man." He says that was the large lie of all and "the training had been a covered try to reproach us up to do the unsurmountable for the ungrateful." The anger, torment and regret of the veterans ooze finished the pages of this collection, "Made in America, Sold in the Nam," in unmistakable, pointless straightforward manner. They will no longest be neglected and unwanted. They are attractive their role in planetary earlier period.

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