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Dear America

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Bernard Edelman served as a broadcast specialist/correspondent in Vietnam. He is the author of Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It


This is a poignant collection of letters and poems, mostly to loved ones back home, written by soldiers while serving in Vietnam. Ordered roughly by a typical GI's year of service (arrival ``in-country,'' leave, etc.), the selections range from brave and philosophical to raging and grief-stricken. ``Last Letters,'' the chapter containing missives sent by men shortly before their deaths, is particularly haunting. ``This book provides valuable insight into what `grunts' went through,'' PW stated. Major ad/promo. February

"No full understanding of the most disastrous foreign war in American history can be complete without reading these letters from the GIs to their loved ones back home." -- Peter Arnett, Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam correspondent "Here is the sad and beautiful countermelody of truth, audible at last, now that we have trashed the drums and cymbals of yet another senseless war." -- Kurt Vonnegut "Dear America tells of an ache as ancient as time-adolescents off to war with high expectations, who soon change greatly. Ambiguities abound-from pain, disillusionment and sorrow for dead comrades to a hard-earned measure of individual strength and survival." -- Washington Post Book World "Dear America is painful, but it must be difficult to be realistic and entertaining about war.... Reading it, I felt I was listening to the voices of the men and women who lived and fought in Vietnam." -- Baltimore Sun "Not a history book, not a war novel.... Dear America is a book of truth." -- Boston Globe

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