by Mark Baker
The war billed on the marquee as a John Wayne shoot em up test of manhood turns out to be a warped version of Peter Pan. Vietnam was a brutal Never-neverland outside time and space, where little boys didnt have to grow up. They just grew old before their time. Even now something is missing from the history of Vietnam. Behind the burning sense of horror and betrayal the personal stories remain untold. No one has bothered to talk to the men and women who went to Vietnam and fought the war. What happened to boys and girls straight out of school who were plunged from the basketball park into the napalm jungle? Who were they fighting for? How did conscripts and volunteers live through the war and how can they now live with the scars? Mark Baker recorded conversations with dozens of Vietnam veterans. NAM is a unique and harrowing collection of those interviews, as raw and shocking as an open wound. This is the story of the human cost of a war that had no survivors, only veterans.
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