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10 thoughts on “Nam: The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There

  1. says:

    A powerful and compulsively readable oral history of NAM three letters which take on totemic significance , compiled by Baker from interviews he conducted with veterans In plain spoken language, with remarkable honesty and candor, they tell their stories profound, moving, strange, funny, and endlessly disturbing What strikes one at first is the sheer naivety with which these men and women entered the war the first statement in the book ends with, I had no idea what I was getting into, and those words serve as a harbinger for the horrors to come In country, these soldiers descended into personal hells in which they discovered the capacity for unfathomable violence towards their fellow humans, atrocities to make the brain bleed One soldier dons a necklace of severed ears Another shoots a Vietnamese woman out of boredom And in the book s single most devastating section, a solider describes the gang rape and murder of a Vietnamese girl, followed by the mutilation of her corpse These are just the tip of the iceberg in an ocean of blood.And yet the depth of insight in many of these statements is startling Reflecting on the slaughter of fleeing enemy soldiers, one veteran reflects You began at that point to understand how genocide takes place Another watches from in country as the first man on the moon utters his famous words and thinks, Come here and step with me for a day, motherfucker Vital voices from the heart of darkness A significant document of the American Nightmare.

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    Personal Response I enjoyed reading this book The thing is, I don t know exactly why Like most books about the war, I claim to like them because my Grandpa was in Vietnam For this book, I think I liked it because I can now almost feel what the guys over there felt Being told by actual veterans makes the conflict come to life for me Another cool thing is that you know that the author didn t take facts from a history book approved by the government, going along with their slick cover up This book tells the real story of the living hell they went through, not so much in Vietnam, but back here in the States.Plot Summary The book doesn t have a specific order of events I does however have interviews conducted by the author with Vietnam Veterans Seven of the veterans interviewed enlisted in the Army or Marine Corps The other couple veterans were drafted The soldiers then tell about their basic training experience Then they get sent overseas to Vietnam Most of the people say that they were under fire while they are descending on the airplane All of the veterans say that they go to a briefing immediately after they land They then get sent to a smaller base camp One guy says that he got sent to three different bases, the next one each smaller Everyone said they did pretty much whatever they wanted over there, like smoking weed, hiring prostitutes, or shooting whatever they wanted In the early part of the war, you had to call on the radio to headquarters to ask for permission to fire The one soldier said that when they found some VC, they would shoot up their radio so they wouldn t get in trouble One squad even shot at their own guys to get revenge on a colonel One special operations soldier said his squad went and destroyed a village and killed its inhabitants, then the U.S blamed it on the NVA The final part of the book is when the soldiers come home Every veteran interviewed says that people ask them the same thing, How many people did you kill How does it feel to kill somebody One soldier said that his honorable discharge was a computer print out with his Social Security Number on a piece of cardboard One guy said that he felt safer in Vietnam than in California Most of the veterans said that it would ve been better to die in Vietnam than to come back to the states.Recommendation I would recommend this book to mature history fanatics and military fanatics in middle school I say mature middle schoolers because there are parts where masturbation, prostitution, and rape is mentioned I would also recommend this to high school students because they should learn about the rea Nam, and just not some government approved document You know, someday there won t be any Vietnam veterans left to tell their story Case in point, read the book.

  3. says:

    I found out I was supposed to read this book in September of 2015 so, being me, I just finished it last night.Well, around January I realized I needed to buckle down and get my shit together.Later that month, my great uncle Milt died.He fought with the Marines in Vietnam in 1969, and I can vividly remember him telling me and my brother and my cousins stories about the war.If it had been anything graphic I m sure his wife would have smacked him with a wooden spoon, all I remember is him talking about the fireworks on the Fourth of July and the sunset over the village, the search dogs he trained.He didn t talk about the VC and he didn t talk about watching his friends, boys hardly older than my brother at the time, fight and die for nothing.He was like a grandfather to me than my maternal grandfather ever was, I know for damn sure I learned about just about everything from Milt.After an eight year battle with Dementia, and losing my great aunt Sue in September of 2o14, Milt passed away in a VA hospital with his daughter and his dog beside him.I didn t see Milt hardly at all in the final years of his life, by then he had forgotten my and my brother and most of his grandchildrens names Part of me will always feel guilty that I saw him maybe five times after he was diagnosed, and not at all in the last two years.There was a huge hole in his mind where me and the other kids used to be, and that upset me so much, not the fact he d forgotten me but the fact he was forgetting everybody, that I couldn t bear to see him.I called him on his birthday which also happens to be mine and he thought I was a nurse in a field hospital somewhere in the jungle.I don t remember talking to him again after that.Reading Mark Baker s Nam was like talking to Milt again, and within thirty pages I was in tears Not because I missed my uncle, but because I had never, not once, thought about what he had to have gone through during Nam.Instead of wasting your time arguing about the war because guess what For us, it s over But for them, it never will be and fighting each other over trivial bullshit, you need to read Mark Baker s book Read it and understand that, yes, American soldiers, the GI Joes, the heroes, committed atrocities in Vietnam, but the majority of them never knew what they were doing was so wrong.They wanted to help, to be heroes.What they didn t know was that heroes are just villians speaking another language.Like Mark Baker, I m anti war I believe in conflict resolution without warfare.But even those who stand on my side need to read this book They need to read it to understand.

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    The project for the author started in 1972 He shared an apartment with a Vietnam Vet Brian and the basis of this book came to fruition.He told the vets he spoke to that he had no intention of forging a political document honed on guilt and condemnation but nor was he interested in glorifying war and the soldiers lot Just wanted to record what they could remember about the intersection of their lives in Vietnam and the consequences of that experience.The interviews and letters show the difference in backgrounds in those enlisted and drafted The book goes through all the experiences from the training boot camp, off to Vietnam, fighting, relaxing injuries, escapades, home and normal life.No names are put to the letters interviews in the book and it is not just soldiers experiences as there is a nurse as well.If you take the text at face value and as the ultimate truth then be prepared It is graphic, appalling and very very shocking.Here is one quote But in Nam you realized that you had the power to take a life You had the power to rape a woman and nobody could say anything to you It did take me a little time to get into the book because of the fact that it is interviews you finish one and start another so the book does not flow but you do get used to it Some of the stuff that is detailed is horrific and then these guys have to come home and start leading a normal life.This is not for the faint hearted

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    If even half of what s related in this book really happened then Nazi war criminals were fingerpainting compared to our boys in Nam Personally, I don t buy a lot of the stories in here One soldier s ordered to keep kicking in a dead soldier s head until his brains creep out his ear A Vietnamese girl is gang raped by GIs and then mutilated to death.When Marines were bored of shooting at Viet Cong they shot at each other to pass the time.GIs posing for pictures over a dying Vietnamese man s body shades of Guantanamo.Vietnamese tossed out of airborne helicopters after supplying information rather than taken prisoner.Oh, the brutality goes on and on with nary a positive accomplishment from our troops I sense a couple of Mark Fuhrmans giving Mark Baker a load of sensational war tales to spice up his book War is hell, but this goes beyond hell.

  6. says:

    I don t really know what to say about this particular book Please forgive me but I m still in a bit of shock These are REAL stories of the war in Vietnam told by REAL people who were there and experienced it The things that our troops had to endure are just unbelievable And if their physical situation wasn t bad enough, their mental and emotional states were worse And then to have gone through all that just to come home unwanted, unloved, unvictorious and even branded as a murderer just heart wrenching These veterans we re and are shunned by the very government and country they fought for Simply unbelievable.As for the book itself, it is very well written and easy to get into The author did a great job compiling these testimonies I highly recommend this book to anyone.

  7. says:

    I really like the way this book told it s story No political correctness or debate about whether the war was right or wrong People who were there tell their stories plain and simple Hands down the best Vietnam war book I have read.

  8. says:

    Possibly one of the best war logs I ve ever read By turns horrifying, moving, disturbing, beautiful and utterly insane.

  9. says:

    In this collection of war stories, not truths, the theme of survival, or lack thereof, is striking One individual recounts that war is not killing Killing is the easiest part of the whole thing Sweating twenty four hours a day, seeing guys drop all around you of heatstroke, not having food, not having water, sleeping only three hours a night for weeks at a time, that s what war is Survival The brutal physical and mental test of this war, Nam, is portrayed unlike any other with gripping intensity and often shame for a serviceman s loss of self and morality, all traded in for the sake of survival At times, the stories are so disturbing that they are hard to accept as a human experience, and their accuracy can perhaps be questioned, based on the author s admittance that the stories in the book are just that, stories However, the heartfelt intensity of each account is obvious, and you are led to wonder why someone would exaggerate actual events Regardless of the content s accuracy, the organization of this book is on point, starting with initiation of those into battle and ending with homecoming The progression, climax, and letdown, or in other words, the book in its entirety, was most affecting for me The men and the women of the book are both victors and victims, dead but living, allies but enemies Their identities are blurred to this day, and with each anecdote that builds upon the last, Baker is able to add a significant piece to the puzzle that answers the question of what really happened in Vietnam and why so many veterans are still suffering to this day.

  10. says:

    Senseless, needless All wars are filled with that But there was of it in Vietnam Or maybe, because the whole thing was so senseless, every time something like that happened, it was just another insult Some scared newbies got spooked in the night and killed nine of their own, with a tank A classic example of the futility of yet another war that should never have been At the other end of the ridiculous scale a guy who has been in the hell that was Nam for two years was thrown out of a casino in Vegas for being underage

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