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Where does The Boys of '67 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What did you like best about this story?
How the US soldiers in Vietnam served their country honorably
Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The story of Peterson's funeral and his widow's ordeal. The story of the anti-war protests made me angry and sorry for the returning veterans. What the protesters did was in excusable and shameful.
Any additional comments?
First book I have read that portrayed American soldiers in Vietnam in a favorable light. Most other depictions show drug addicted GI's as incompetents, cowards or both; and because if this, innocents are frequently killed. However, Dr. Wiest's book tells a story of Vietnam vets experiencing war a lot like veterans from other conflicts. They are not there by choice but they want to do their duty, they believe in their country, but they ultimately fight for each other - and they serve with pride and distinction. A wonderful book.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The story is depicted in great detail to the point it leaves you with a full understanding of it at the end. To the men of C Co that were drafted together and made it out together it is amazing that they shared there story. A heartfelt thank you to the men who served in Vietnam
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Most of us have seen the multitude of Vietnam war movies and get an inkling of what it must have been like to be a soldier in Vietnam. However, what many of those films do not tell is the story of what happens to these men after the war. This book tells both the gripping accounts of combat as well as the far lengthier aftermath and takes the reader on a real journey following a group of men from training to retirement. Along the way we become familiar with the collection of characters that populate this book and we can better appreciate the true band of brothers that the bonds forged by deadly combat and the hardships of war create.
Initially I was wondering if I had made a mistake purchasing this book given the lengthy and quite extensive cast of characters the author introduced. There were too many to keep in my head and names became lost in the list of men being introduced into the story. To begin with I saw this as a negative aspect of the book thinking that the author has focused on too broad a group of men to be able to deal with but as the book progressed the names began to stick. Even if I forgot from time to time who was being discussed, the author would helpfully repeat something about them that helped place them in the readers mind. I have to say that I am very pleased I stuck with this book.
After the men have been introduced, we swiftly move on to basic training and there are plenty of amusing stories which help to cement the various men into a band of brothers rather than disparate people. Then comes the baptism of fire as we go on patrol with Charlie company. Harrowing and often sad accounts of battles are told here that really immerse the reader into the combat by some excellent writing. I was literally unable to put this book down due to the compelling story being told here. There are so many touching stories of bravery, fear and all the other human factors that play out on the battlefield that really illustrates how much these men endured.
The second part of the book is just as enthralling as the author traces the often troubled lives of many of the men who survived Vietnam only to continue their suffering.
A truly amazing read and one I'd recommend to anyone.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Loved this, the story was heart wrenching at times. Particularly as you get to know the characters and understand their hopes dreams and motivationa. Then dealing with their death feels personal. A no holds barred account detailing everything from execution of VC prisoners to the treatment of vets when they arrived home to the PTSD. My only criticism was that in the early chapters a lot of time was given to getting to know the characters (from the parental history to how they met their wives etc) . While very important it could have been summarised in brief and would have sped up there narrative. Turn up the playback speed for that chapter if you feel it gets tedious.