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The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam (General… (edição: 2014)

de Andrew Wiest

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compelling... a fine blend of military and social history, sympathetic, well-written but analytically rigorous' (Professor Gary Sheffield, BBC History Magazine Best Books of the Year 2012) In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the US military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military build-up. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California and city-slickers from Cleveland opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. Most American soldiers of the Vietnam era trickled into the war zone as individual replacements for men who had become casualties or had rotated home. Charlie Company was different as part of the only division raised, drafted and trained for service. From draft to the battlefields of South Vietnam, this is the unvarnished truth from the fear of death to the chaos of battle, told almost entirely through the recollections of the men themselves. This is their story, the story of young draftees who had done everything that their nation had asked of them and had received so little in return - lost faces of a distant war.… (mais)
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Título:The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam (General Military)
Autores:Andrew Wiest
Informação:Osprey Publishing (2014), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 448 pages
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I am generally highly interested in the history of the Vietnam War and I learned a lot from this one. However, the writing is rather dry and almost academic, so it is not the most engaging book I have ever read on the subject of Vietnam. Most of what I have read is form the later stages of the conflict taking place in the central and northern regions and along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, so this is a good take on the actions in the south in the swampy delta region. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Excellent. If you are interested in the Vietnam war, this is a great "snapshot" of what life was like in a company that saw frontline action. Charlie Company is celebrated as if it was the Band of Brothers of their generation which, after reading other Vietnam books, I think is a bit too much praise or... uh... just giving them a bit more "specialness" than they warranted. Even the WWII designation of Band of Brothers puts too much emphasis on one set of guys when there were many many bands of brothers in that war. So that part was a little over the top, but that's really only in the first introduction and setup where the author for some reason thinks Charlie company of the 9th Infantry were somehow more special than other men. After that, the story itself of these guys and their experiences in Vietnam gives a good cross section of the boredom, the fear, the struggle, the heart-wrenching sadness, the humidity and mud and grossness of fighting a war in a jungle. It also covers their lives after the war so I actually read the book twice: after I read the "later years" I went back and listened to the Vietnam years to remind myself who did what. If you can read the book (or listen, as I did) and note carefully which guys had what horrible experiences that will help you in the later years chapters.

I don't know if there are pictures in the book. The audiobook was fine and listen-able without the pics, but pics are nice, so you might want to also check out the hardcopy version to see if there are pics. ( )
  marshapetry | Feb 22, 2016 |
The Boys of '67 briefly but powerfully examines the lives of a group of men from Charlie Company in the US Army's 9th Infantry Division -- from the time they received their greetings from Uncle Sam through their individual returns home and beyond. It is a fine addition to the already-existing collection of personal histories of the war, focusing largely on the special bonds forged between these former strangers throughout their year in Vietnam.

The book is the result of author interviews with several surviving members of Charlie Company, as well as their families and the families of some of those who went to Vietnam and never returned.

The personal accounts of these men or their surviving families -- the letters, the interviews, etc., -- are what make this book. The author presents these people not only as the fine soldiers they were, but also as human beings who suffered from serious psychological trauma both in Vietnam and afterwards. While highly personal, there is also insight into just what types of situations these men faced there via several accounts of the battles they fought, complete with tactical maps that give the reader a harrowing visual perspective on what these soldiers faced during their missions.

The Boys of '67 is emotionally powerful and if you're at all interested in the Vietnam war and its personal aftermath from the points of view of the soldiers who were there, this would be a great reading choice. Definitely recommended.

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  bcquinnsmom | Dec 31, 2013 |
For more than 3/4 of this book, it was routine but very well done. You grew to meet many soldiers, their needs, their strong and weak points, and their expectations fro when they returned The shameful way some treated when they returned home needs to be told and re-told. I met a few of those people as the war progressed and I admit I had no understanding of their point of view. I finally settled on nihilists. It was in the last quarter of this book that makes it so special. Mr Wiest tells us about about how these troopers tried to fit back into their pre-army days. This part is extraordinary, and it is where I found the entire worth of the book. Viet Nam covered about half my middle age but I had heard nothing about the troops came to be ministers to each other. Not all of the broken lives were repaired but many found the bottom and began to climb back when they gathered with each other. To best of my recollection, this part of the story has never been told and I thank Mr. Wiest for doing so. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Jan 16, 2013 |
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compelling... a fine blend of military and social history, sympathetic, well-written but analytically rigorous' (Professor Gary Sheffield, BBC History Magazine Best Books of the Year 2012) In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the US military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military build-up. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California and city-slickers from Cleveland opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. Most American soldiers of the Vietnam era trickled into the war zone as individual replacements for men who had become casualties or had rotated home. Charlie Company was different as part of the only division raised, drafted and trained for service. From draft to the battlefields of South Vietnam, this is the unvarnished truth from the fear of death to the chaos of battle, told almost entirely through the recollections of the men themselves. This is their story, the story of young draftees who had done everything that their nation had asked of them and had received so little in return - lost faces of a distant war.

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