A View from the Front Lines
By Andrew Wiest
Osprey Publishing (UK), Hardcover, 9781849089722, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
"From the testimony of combat veterans and their families, a military historian assembles a unique oral history of America’s most controversial war...No reader can expect to understand America’s most vexing war through this book alone, but none can comprehend it fully without factoring in these firsthand accounts. A smartly composed, affecting memory album of the draftees and volunteers whose service and sacrifice for so long went unacknowledged." --Kirkus Reviews
"Wiest has a good feel for the human side of the Vietnam War...[he] asserts that there 'was no single, generic military experience for infantrymen and Marines in Vietnam,' but he still provides a good sampling of what the war was like for American men fighting at the ground level." --Publishers Weekly
"In his latest book, Vietnam: A View From the Front Lines, Wiest has put together a creditable oral history of soldiers and Marines who saw combat in the Vietnam War. Many are members of Charlie Company, the 9th Infantry Division unit he wrote about in his previous book; most of the others are gleaned from the Oral History Project at Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center and Archive." --Veteran Magazine
"Unlike many books about the Vietnam War, Vietnam: A View from the Frontlines doesn’t attempt to explain why the United States failed in Vietnam. Instead it aims to give the reader a grunt’s-eye view of what happened on the battlefields of that tiny, Third World nation a generation ago...Of particular interest are chapters like 'Welcome to Vietnam' and 'Life and Death in the Nam,' in which veterans recall their first encounters with the enemy. Even more riveting are the firsthand accounts of being wounded in action." --Failure Magazine
"Vietnam will change the way we think about Vietnam. It is a true and grippingly accurate portrait of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of those on the ground."
- Savannah Jones, www.sirreadalot.org
"...powerful and revealing."
- The Midwest Book Review (July 2013)