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The High Ground is the moving story of Private Ty Nichols' seemingly endless 365-day tour of duty in Vietnam, told with the honesty and humor of a youthful and kind-hearted infantryman simply trying to make it to the next day.
Ty spends meaningful time with all the players, including the draftees who could have cared less about winning the war, the gung ho lifers who were determined to stop Communism dead in its ugly tracks, the committed and war-hardened enemy, and the frightened and freedom loving civilians of South Vietnam.
It's all here. The fighting and the dying, the massage parlors and the whorehouses, the racism and the homophobia, the conflicts between officers and enlisted men, the heroes and the cowards, the fear and the chaos, and the friendships and humor that made it all bearable.
The lessons Ty learns are costly, but he leaves Vietnam knowing that heroes aren't made in heaven, they're simply cornered somewhere on earth; that finding the love of your life will happen when you least expect it; that there will always be another war because there will always be men and causes that can't live without it; and maybe most important of all, that life, just like war, is all about finding a way to take the high ground.
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Daryl Fisher is the Features Editor for his hometown newspaper, the West Sacramento News-Ledger. He and his wife, Mary Lynn, have four children, Carrie, Ty, Paul and Kyle, and one grandson, Riley. Daryl served in Vietnam from July of 1969 to July of 1970 as an Army infantryman, where he attained the rank of sergeant. He was also awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor. Daryl has written a weekly humor column called "My Back Pages" for almost two decades and has published a collection of his 100 favorite columns under that title. This is his first novel.
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Book Description iUniverse, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0595207626