Dear America

Letters Home from Vietnam

By Bernard Edelman (Editor)
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393323047, 336pp.)

Publication Date: May 2002

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More than twenty-five years after the official end of the Vietnam War, Dear Americaallows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200 letters, they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in the bush, their longing for home and family, their emotions over the conduct of the war, and their ache at the loss of a friend in battle. Poignant in their rare honesty, the letters from Vietnam are "riveting, ... extraordinary by their] very ordinariness... for the most part, neither deep nor philosophical, only very, very human" (Los Angeles Times). Revealing the complex emotions and daily realities of fighting in the war, these close accounts offer a powerful, uniquely personal portrait of the many faces of Vietnam's veterans. Over 100,000 copies sold.

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