BETTER HIM THAN ME... A VIETNAM VETERAN'S TRUE STORY This book is the product of the author's struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, following his service in Vietnam. As part of his treatment for the disorder, his psychologist suggested that he tape-record his thoughts and feelings about his experiences during the war, and his life before and after. "BETTER HIM THAN ME" is the verbatim transcription of over 18 hours of the author's tape-recorded recollections and reflections.
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The publisher Jim Criswell, February, 1999
This book is a chilling and compelling account of one man's wartime experiences in Vietnam, and his subsequent lifelong struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a shocking story of chaotic violence, of remorseless murder, and emotional detachment. It is also a powerful story of recovery, reconciliation, and redemption.
Better Him Than Me is not recommended for the faint hearted. It contains blunt and graphic accounts of appalling crimes of violence that the author confesses to committing in civilian life.
This is a controversial book, but it is a true story. It is a must read for anyone interested in what really happened in that tragic war in Vietnam, and for the family and friends of the thousands of U.S. veterans that are still struggling to cope with the effect of the war on their lives.About the Author:
I am a Vietnam Veteran who is trying to live and cope with a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, P.S.T.D., for short. A private psychologist which I have been seeing on a weekly basis for the last several years, suggested that I should tape record my experiences as a combat infantryman in the Republic of Vietnam.
I agreed to do so, and firmly stated that I would record my extremely frank, graphic and totally true events as I lived them. Unlike all of the other past books and movies that dealt with the Vietnam War, my nonfiction story describes in detail everything that I saw and did in that horrific and insane war and country. I did not sugar coat anything or try to be intellectual or arty in any way, during the telling of my story. After hearing my first micro-cassette tape, the psychologist said that my compelling and forceful story would make a really good book! So a year and a half later, which is the time it took to complete the taping, we compiled a manuscript and submitted copies for publication.
My book also deals with my childhood and the physical and verbal abuse that I suffered at the hands of an alcoholic father. I discussed these events about my father, because it was my first introduction to the world of P.T.S.D. I also talked about my life treatments for this condition after I came home from Vietnam to the present time.
It was extremely difficult to recall all of these traumatic events of my life, and I strongly hope and feel that the telling of my unique story will help me and millions of others out there like me.
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Book Description Truman Pub Co, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0966339339