Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement

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An epic narrative that chronicles the experience of America’s Vietnam veterans.

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An epic narrative history that chronicles, for the first time, the experience of America's Vietnam veterans who returned home to fight a different kind of war.

The courageous Americans who served in Vietnam fought two wars: one on the other side of the world and one when they returned home. The battle abroad took place in war-scarred Asian hamlets, rice paddies, and jungles where thousands of Americans risked life, limb, and spirit in a conflict few of them fully understood. The second war began when these same soldiers came home to face another fight, this one for the hearts and minds of their countrymen, and for their own health, sanity, and peace of mind.

Home to War presents a vivid portrait of a generation of American warriors who faced rejection by the nation in whose name they fought and virtual abandonment by the government that sent them to risk their young lives in Southeast Asia. In spite of formidable obstacles, including the still-fresh physical and mental traumas of the war, these young veterans joined together and committed themselves to heroic battles on the home front, from their unsung role in the antiwar movement to their unflagging campaign for medical help and compensation for Agent Orange exposure and post-traumatic stress wounds.

Home to War tells the gripping stories of these veterans and the social and political movements they inspired. In its pages you?ll meet Jan Barry, a disillusioned former West Point cadet who founded Vietnam Veterans Against the War, a volatile organization that would become a lightning rod for controversy and a beacon of hope for returning vets; Al Hubbard, a charismatic former Black Panther who led thousands of angry veterans to the steps of the nation?s capital to protest the war and the government?s shabby treatment of its veterans; Ron Kovic, whose outrageous ? and courageous ? stunts, uncensored comments, and provocative politics drew needed attention to the cause; Dr. Chaim Shatan, whose pioneering ?rap groups? speeded the psychological healing process for countless vets; Victor Yannacone Jr., who launched a precedent-shattering ? and ultimately successful ? legal case to gain compensation for veterans harmed by Agent Orange exposure; and many others whose inspiring struggles served themselves, their fellow soldiers, and their country.

Home to War is a passionate work of contemporary history and an essential addition to the literature of America?s Vietnam experience. Encompassing some thirty years of activism, readjustment, and healing, it is a fitting tribute to the unbreakable courage, idealism, and decades-long endurance of this generation of American soldiers.

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Home to War is amazing. It is simultaneously a horror story and a history lesson, a love story of camaraderie and a whacked-out, often humorous series of biographical sketches.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Home to War is an essential chronicle of a history that no one but the participants know well. Nicosia’s rich narrative [proves that] more than a quarter century after the end of that shameful war, attention must still be paid.”— Washington Post

“Gerald Nicosia’s exhaustive chronicle of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and the numerous organizations descended from it [covers] an important but largely unknown chapter in our nation’s history. . . . Home to War remains a monument to the only heroism emerging in that particular nightmare.” — Newsday

“In his essential new book, Home to War, Gerald Nicosia gives us a comprehensive history of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, from its inception through court cases involving Agent Orange. . . . his time and commitment show up on every page.”—Los Angeles Times

“Gerald Nicosia’s passionate account of the Vietnam veterans’ movement reminds us [that] the war continues to haunt the American soul.”— Chicago Tribune

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