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Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson
After serving in the Vietnam War, S. Brian Willson became a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist, and this memoir details the drastic governmental and social change he has spent his life fighting for. Chronicling his personal struggle with a government he believes to be unjust, Willson sheds light on the various incarnations of his protests of the U.S. governme ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by PM Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Best books about the Vietnam War, by people who experienced it
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One of the most important books in print for US citizens. Small wonder Willson is a hero to much of the world. Brian risked his life and lost his legs for the truth--but he gives it to us intact and unvarnished for the mere price of a book. Life doesn't have any better bargains than this.
a remarkable story of a brave and principled man - born just months before me with a similar upbringing. Radicalised by his time in Vietnam, he has spent his life trying to expose American duplicity and lies. He lost his legs sitting on the rails in front of a train ferrying ammunition to the docks in San Francisco Bay - the train had been stopped numerous times before and had a speed limit of 5 mph - this day it speeded up and purposely ran him down. the story is one of great bravely and princi ...more
Have you ever met anyone who has the conviction, sense of purpose, and integrity to stand up to a moving train and get run over for a cause he believes in? Meet S. Brian Wilson. "Our lives are not worth more than theirs." An extraordinary human being who has written about his experiences in the U.S., Vietnam, and Latin America to bring awareness to the death and destruction that U.S. foreign policy introduces in the world wherever it goes.
Oct 14, 2015 P.J. Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Americans
An All-American boy steps out of a Norman Rockwell painting and discovers the truth about his country. This book is about his “waking up process,” which led him to some very sobering conclusions. Conclusions that all Americans should consider.
His war experiences in Viet Nam were life-changing revelations. Here he decided that his own government was “not only criminal but psychotic.” He likens the war to the genocide of Native Americans. Later insights came from his work in what he called the A ...more
A fine story well told - many around the world have led such honorable lives but they are such a small percentage they are easily ignored by 'the powers that be' ... 'noble sacrifice' is a term all too often reserved for the visible, uniformed PR warrior ... Willson's deserves a place alongside and above those who serve unwittingly international corporations which determine US 'national interests' and who define our 'sacred freedoms' as the right to take and use whatever we want by force from ar ...more
This is the story of a man with astonishing courage, a strong passion for justice and a indefatigable spirit. S. Brian Willson chronicles the most engaging aspects of his decorated life; from his involvement in the Vietnam War, to his experience as a lawyer, to life as an activist in its highest sense. I was deeply moved by Willson's resonating points; which I believe should be required reading in our educational system.