A collection of in-depth interviews with more than 30 members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), a veterans' organization that, for the first time in American history, provided a forum for veterans to speak out against the war from which they had just returned. These accounts, drawn both from veterans' experiences in Vietnam, as well as in the ideological war at home, provides rare perspective on a formative and crucial era in American history. B&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Richard Stacewicz teaches history at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois.From Library Journal:
Stacewicz (history, Indiana Univ.) explores the histories of the men who fought in Vietnam and who, along with many women, joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in the 1960s and 1970s. He interviews 30 VVAW members (25 men and five women), mostly of white working-class background, dividing their interviews into seven chapters in which they talk at length about their lives and political views prior to military service, during and after Vietnam, and in the VVAW. Stacewicz determines that VVAW men and women became antiwar protesters because of their patriotism and their profound belief in democracy. His book makes a significant contribution to the history of the antiwar movement, placing the VVAW in a social-historical context of American society and the military. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College
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