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Made In America, Sold in the Nam (Second Edition) (Reflections of History) [Hardcover]

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Hope and Healing For All Who Have Been Touched by War

Made in America, Sold in the Nam brings together the writings of more than two dozen Vietnam-era veterans who have never before had the chance to speak their peace. Through diaries, essays, and poems, each contributor brings a unique first-person perspective that will be appreciated by veterans, their families, and historians. Taken together, this book represents the conscience of a nation: patriotic, duty-bound, and mired in a swamp of confusion and pain.

New Second Edition includes material by the spouses, adult children, and other survivors of the war. Made in America, Sold in the Nam is Book #2 in the Reflections of History Series from Modern History Press.

  • For Viet Nam Vets: an opportunity to verify their experiences against experiences of others leading to validation and perhaps even an airing of their suspicions and fears about themselves. No matter how long it has been, healing is possible.
  • For Families of the KIA: peace and understanding about the experiences of their loved one and if they have letters from their loved ones, perhaps a way to fill in what could never be spoken.
  • For Adult Children and Spouses of Vets: empathy for their war experience, in spite of whether or not there has been communication about how it really went down.
  • For Vets of Recent Conflicts: a shortcut to understanding the overall experience of war and how one copes with its indelible marks. Discover the commonality of those who have endured their time as warriors.
  • For Society and Generations to come:
    . Learn what really happens during a modern military conflict.
    . A plea for wisdom in how we deal with other peoples on Earth.
    . A chance to break the cycle of doing the same things and hoping for magically different outcomes.

"That there is conflict and confusion over how we are to view the Viet Nam War and how we are to feel about those who sacrificed for this effort, makes this book all the more important. These pieces give the average person insight into what really happened to those that served and what they thought that they were trying to accomplish. There is some personal truth, buried emotion, and a few heroes in their own right." -Tami Brady, TCM Reviews

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Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.2" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 21, 2006
Publisher   Modern History Press
ISBN  1932690247  
ISBN13  9781932690248  

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Amazing, tragic, sad, heroic.  May 14, 2008

Reviewed by Gina Holland for RebeccasReads (5/08)

If you've read "My Tour in Hell," the first book in this series by David Powell, then you'll want to move on to this edition. This is book two in the Reflections of History series and it is absolutely magnificent. "Made in America" is a well written, true account novel of the men who fought and survived the Vietnam War. We hear poems and stories from them. We get to live their tragic, fearful and sometimes desperate lives with them as if we are there.

Some of the poems written in this novel are terribly sad, and sometimes really an eye-opening experience. There are stories in this book that will make us sit down and reanalyze our own lives. These men went through a great tragedy, not only while they were in Nam; they also share with us the great suffering that occurred once they went home. Things changed for many of the soldiers while they were away. Some lost friends, loved ones, marriages, children, and some lost their sanity.

As stated in the memoriam at the beginning of the book, Paul Richards, a Vietnam Vet who was killed shortly after the release of this book, survived his time in Nam only to be killed by a car while changing a flat tire on a foggy morning. I am sure that his loved ones and friends miss him, and I am grateful that he was able to share his stories with us before he passed. He was just one of millions who served their country only to be taken away too soon from this world.

The editors of this book did a terrific job. The reason for writing this book should speak for itself. We are fortunate that these men shared their experiences with us and that Paul Richards and Rick Ritter were able to bring it to us with these writings. "Made in America: Sold in Nam" is an adult book, mostly because of some explicit descriptions of the war. I am positive that you will enjoy every minute of this book as I have. I look forward to reading book three soon.
The greatest way to educate oneself   Oct 12, 2007
... is to READ, READ and READ some more! No one really learns the in depth truth from a better source than from the individual who has lived through such a harrowing ordeal, written about it or both. Books are such a valuable gift to give someone, including ourselves. This book is poignant, thought-provoking and educational. Brilliant work! I will certainly pass this copy on to someone I feel will benefit from it and I will ask him or her to follow my example. Highly recommended.

A critically important addition  Jan 4, 2007
Now in its second edition, "Made In America, Sold In the Nam" is co-compiled and collaboratively edited by Rick Ritter & the late Paul Richards who have assembled personal commentaries and stories by men and women who found themselves involved in the brutal realities of the Viet Nam War and its aftermath. These are intensely candid stories dealing with the wounds and scars, anger and guilt, lies and fears, mental, emotional and physical stresses that sometimes lingered for years, long after the war was over and they were home. A critically important addition to personal, academic and community library Military Studies and Veteran's Issues reference collections, "Made In America, Sold In the Nam" is the second title in the 'Reflections of History' series from Modern History Press and is a unique contribution to our understanding of how extraordinary circumstances impact ordinary men and women, some of whom eventual learn to deal - while others are eventually destroyed - by their experiences and their memories. This is a timely and relevant contribution to our current national dialogue in view of a whole new generation of American youth who are engaged in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq today. Also very highly recommended reading is the first title in this outstanding series, "My Tour In Hell: A Marine's Battle With Combat Trauma" by David W. Powell.
Anthology shows the ugly truths of war  Dec 31, 2006
Reviewed by Mary Simmons for Reader Views (12/06)

"Made in America, Sold in the Nam" is a collection of short stories, essays, poems, reflections and quotes about the experiences of those who were directly and indirectly affected by U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam. It includes personal accounts by combat veterans as well as articles on the war's impact on veterans and their families. It also explores how women experienced their own hell on earth during their tours in the war-ravaged country and incorporates a background on the war, explaining the historical and political context.

According to co-editor, Paul Richards, the majority of Americans have not wanted to listen to the stories of Vietnam veterans. "Most of the people in the nation spent their time trying to turn a deaf ear to the veterans, trying to forget that our country had ever been involved in such a dirty little war." He goes on to say, "Wars are not made of heroes...Wars are made up of young men and women staring at the sky with vacant eyes, their life blood mixing with so much mud and slime." As this statement suggests, this anthology does not shy away from the ugly side of the war, both in the heat of combat and in the aftermath. It was a horrendous time that has haunted those involved and the accounts are not to be read lightly. They speak of a deadly serious subject and contain real pain and horror.

You can't come away from this book without being emotionally affected by the content. But before you read those words and say, "Well then, that's way too heavy for me," and therefore decide not to pick up this book, let me say that it is through painful experiences that we sometimes learn the most. One of the messages, or common themes, that jumped out at me while reading "Made in America, Sold in the Nam" was that veterans have felt ignored and unappreciated since returning to the country they fought for.

As veteran Charley Knepple describes it in his contribution, "Nothing Left to Give: A Journal of Viet Nam," "Worst of all, I just felt used. The way in which I was used leaves me feeling angry, confused and with a rotten self-image that I have to deal with every day. I was naïve. I didn't know what to expect from the Army or Viet Nam. I was afraid of Nam but nearly neutral on the issue of our involvement there. In Basic Training I was indoctrinated that our victory in Viet Nam would be a noble experience and that I should want to go, that combat was my birthright as a man." He says that was the biggest lie of all and "the indoctrination had been a veiled attempt to charge us up to do the impossible for the ungrateful." The anger, pain and disillusionment of the veterans seep through the pages of this collection, "Made in America, Sold in the Nam," in unmistakable, blunt honesty. They will no longer be ignored and discarded. They are taking their place in world history.

A Vietnam War Anthology That Heals   Dec 13, 2006
The continuing traumatic stresses associated with the war experiences in Vietnam are unfolded in an anthology of essays, personal stories and poems from the men and women who were effected by that long ago war. The book "Made In America Sold In The Nam" edited and complied by Rick Ritter and the late Paul Richards is a full frontal assault on the collective soul of America. It hits you in the gut and the heart. It may also lead to healing for both the writers themselves, as well as the readers of this volume.

Although there is a limited sampling of poetry it is a very powerful selection; but the stories are what is absolutely emotionally riveting. The story of Medal of Honor recipient Dwight Johnson, a Black American hero from Detroit brings into focus real the spiritual and mental suffering and sacrifices that these young men made. His tragic return back home is a sad tale about how a gentle boy who hated to fight was changed forever by that war. The wounds to his spirit and mind could never be repaired. He ends up being killed by police in what might have been one of the first "suicide by cop" deaths. He had lost a part of himself in the Nam and was never the same again.

The writers in this book are not professional for the most part but are real human beings who write about their hurts and pains through their words. They dig deeply within and share their naked fears and memories. What they say reflects the emotional truth of that experience for so many veterans. The selection of writings gives us an over-all sacred glimpse at the wounded soul of the warrior. You cannot read this book and not be emotionally moved.

This book captures the PTSD riddled lives that followed some of these veterans back to the good old USA. They speak out now from the pages of this book. I think American needs to take the time to read what they have to say because we are once again creating this very same kind of experiences for a whole new generation of veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This book started off in the early 1980's as a way for veterans to learn to cope with PTSD through journaling and writing. These same techniques are still used today as a tool for successfully unlocking the emotional prisons within caused by combat related stresses.

The book receives my fullest personal endorsement and the MWSA's highest book Rating of FIVE STARS! This book can and will change lives!

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