Through the eyes of the veterans interviewed, the reader enters the brutal world of the Vietnam War and the tangled web of politics that kept us in that war for too long and that we still in many ways struggle with today. Partridge brings the vivid memories of these interviewees to life with detailed descriptions of the fear, blood, and carnage they faced--in the jungles, in camps, in cities, and on bases in Vietnam. She ends with chapters about the struggle to get the Vietnam War Memorial built and the politics that emerged during this endeavor.
Partridge interviewed veterans that served at different points in the war and has placed the chapters on each in chronological order so the reader gets a feel for how long this war dragged on - multiple presidential administrations, years and years, protest after protest. There are chapters at intervals that describe what each President was facing with the war protests and intelligence on the war and so forth. The reader gets a sense of the real struggle faced by the Presidents. Do we fight? Do we leave feel like we "lost"? Is this a way we can even win given the tactics of North Vietnamese military forces?
I would recommend this for young adult readers or students in high school. The chapters are short and provide a lot of food for thought and discussion. Small groups could engage in discussions around questions like "What is war?" This question alone could drive discussions about each chapter--Partridge peals back the many layers of what this term means and how our beliefs about what this means reveals itself in what we do and say and how we change and in other beliefs we have about the world and its people.
This title could be part of a text set about this period students immerse themselves in reading including-
*Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsburg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Sheinkin - a gripping narrative I couldn't put down
*Vietnam a History of the War by Freedman - a history of the war that gets at the North Vietnamese political perspective too - which I didn't really understand before reading this
PLUS other well written YA nonfiction on the Civil Rights movement in that same period including Partridge's book Marching for Freedom.
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||10 April 2018|
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128 in Biographies for Teens
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Perfect for small group discussions in high school or college classroomsReviewed in the United States on 26 May 2018
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FantasticReviewed in the United States on 20 June 2019
Fantastic, great book for all ages. Easy reading and certainly gives an insight into the war. Culminating in the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington DC, it is hard to read without tearing up.
Perfectly well roundedReviewed in the United States on 10 March 2019
This book is a perfect collaboration of all aspects of Vietnam. An easy read that tells of boots on the ground not only in Nam but also on home soil. Ending perfectly with our soldiers due respect and memorial. A book I will never forget reading. Thank you!
A great bookReviewed in the United States on 15 July 2020
Very good book with a historical account of the Vietnam war. A war maybe we should not have fought but once engaged should never have been lost by the leaders of our country.