A View from the Front Lines

By Andrew Wiest
(Osprey Publishing (UK), Hardcover, 9781849089722, 304pp.)

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

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"Vietnam: A View from the Frontline" traces the American experience of Vietnam from the war's popular inception to its morale-crushing and bitter conclusion. "Vietnam "features a grunt's-eye view of the conflict - from the steaming rice paddies and swamps of the Mekong Delta, to the triple-canopy rainforest of the Central Highlands, to the forlorn Marine bases that dotted the DMZ. Like Karl Marlantes' groundbreaking novel 2010, "Mattherhorn," this book will change the way we think about Vietnam. Told in uncompromising, no-holds barred language of the soldiers themselves, the stories contained within this book""detail everything from heroism to fragging, from helicopters hitting the LZs to rampant drug use. It is a true and grippingly accurate portrait of the American war in Vietnam through the eyes of the men and women who fought in that far away land while a few are drawn from medics, corpsmen, nurses and widows. The book is based on rich collections housed at the National Archive, the Center of Military History, and at the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech.

About the Author
Andrew Wiest is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is co-editor of "War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Combat" (NYU Press, 2001) and author or co-author of numerous books, including "Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited, Atlas of World War II", and "The Vietnam War, 1959 1975". He lives in Hattiesburg, MS.
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