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Into No Man's Land (My Name Is America)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  879 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
January 20, 1968
We're going to move out while it's still dark, try to get a jump on them. Everybody's packing as much ammo as they can carry. Most of us even have LAWs -- light anti-tank assault weapons. The terrain's too rough for tanks, but we can us the LAWs to take out bunkers . If we need them. Grenades, bandoliers filled with magazines for our M-16s..., extra belts o
Paperback, 203 pages
Published January 2012 by scholastic (first published June 1st 2002)
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Sonny Moretta
Oct 30, 2012 Sonny Moretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good. I think it might be my favorite book that I have read this year. It was crisp, it was detailed and it was a book that had every kind of emotion mentaly known to mankind itself. I trully am grateful for the service of our men and women that served our country in the armed forces in veitnam. It kept me glued to the book forever.

The book begins with Patrick. A young man from Boston that passed up numorous football scholarships to volunteer to serve in vietnam. He Doesn't k
Kelsey Hanson
This book was a lot better than the companion "Dear America" diary. Partly because I think "Where have all the flowers gone?" tried to cover too many topics at once while this one focused strictly on Patrick's experiences in Vietnam. It paints a much more detailed view of what the soldiers had to go through.
Malek Gallichio
Jan 11, 2015 Malek Gallichio rated it it was amazing
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Into No Man’s Land, is a journal about the experience of a young American soldier, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, who goes to war in Vietnam to fight for his country. From the US, Patrick is sent to base in South Vietnam were he gets his gear, however, he is soon put on a helicopter on his way to hill 8815, the hill were he will be fighting. He stays there for a couple of months, living in bad condition with little food. However he makes friends and attends his duty when the time comes. Af
Sean Ross
Oct 07, 2014 Sean Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a great book about US Marines in Vietnam, some of the bloodiest battles in history. It shows the average life of a Marine grunt during the battle of Khe Sanh. You follow along with Patrick Seamus Flaherty and see the uncertainty of his every day life, like having to worry about being attacked by the unseen enemy and not knowing when the next supply ship would be arriving. Overall, this first person journal is an exciting read for those wondering about everyday life in war ...more
Joey S.
Jan 30, 2015 Joey S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this because you could imagine yourself there in Vietnam. It has you on the edge of you seat and has a great plot. Some of it does not have to do with war they also talk about things that were happening then like the civil right movement.
Oct 31, 2012 dukehomey24 rated it it was amazing
it is a very good book . i read the first book"we were heroes".
Danny Alban
Nov 11, 2010 Danny Alban rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BOOM!! CRASH!! If these are the types of sounds that you enjoy, then “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty” is for you. “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty”, is on of the many stories in the ever so popular, “My Name Is America” series. This story was written by Ellen Emerson White. Although the book was released in 1997, the author does a very good job in making it feel like it was actually written in 1968. Now whether or not the book was hard to put down is up to you; however, for me, th ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War! The things that scare us the most are dying and war... The book I read was by a Vietnam soldier, called “The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty”, this is not the real name of the marine who fought in the war, nor is this a book series. The things that I liked about the book are that it is a nonfiction and I almost never read nonfiction. The second thing I liked about the book is that it is based off of the Vietnam War, the third thing I liked about the book is that the first battle was ver ...more
Lily (WhoLockian)
* Hardcover: 188 pages
* Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
* ISBN-10: 0439148901
* Author: Ellen Emerson White.
* Cover art: I like how the series has a photo of a person during the time over a background photo.
* Obtained: My personal library
* Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars

The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fight
The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty is a non-fiction book about a man in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1968. Patrick joins the Marines but later on he wishes he never had. They are always under attack in Khe Sanh. He loses many friends throughout the story. There is a very strong Theme in this book. Soldiers such as "Hollywood" joined the Marines knowing he was going to die. I recommend this book . There are more stories in this other than just combat. It made me feel like I was Patrick ...more
Jason K
Jan 21, 2013 Jason K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ellen Emerson White

This book is about how Patrick deals with life in viet nam. At first when he gets to Viet nam he doesn't think it is all that bad but by the end of the story he thinks it is horrible. He gets stationed bt a hill call 881. He gets into a fight with one guy right away. The guy he fights eventually becomes one of Patricks friends and his name is rotgut. Nothing really happens at the hill until one guy named hollywood is digging and hits a mortar. He eventually dies but t
Oct 04, 2010 Taylor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty had to much boring spots in it and it was really slow to get to the good parts. The only problem with this was that there wasnt many good parts in it. This book was based on true events but the reason why there is no true stories about vietnam was because no on can talk about it that were there and that fought in the war. The book starts off interesting it took you right into the battlefield and how any certain mistake could lead to death. One of patricks c ...more
Josh Powell
May 26, 2014 Josh Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellen White has done an amazing job sharing the story of a Vietnam Veteran through his eyes. It's done so well you have to change your entire perspective on war. The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty is a story of struggle, humor, and the will to survive.

Patrick is fresh out of high school when he gets drafted to Vietnam. His little sister wants him to keep a journal so that she can read it when he gets home. Little did he or she know he saw and experienced a lot more than he bargained for. To
Ms. McCall
The journal account of a teen who volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War following his graduation from high school, this book exceeded my expectations of the My Name is America series. I was interested in reading this title because it was the most recent title from the series that my library had, but what kept my interest was the narration from our protagonist Patrick Flaherty. Something that will resonate with local readers is that Flaherty is from Boston and loves the Red Sox, an element tha ...more
Jagpar Singh
The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968 is a well-written book in the view of a soldier fighting in the Vietnam War. It is very realistic and when I was reading it, I felt like I was watching a detailed documentary about Patrick's military life. I enjoy reading war novels and enjoyed this one too. Although it was a nice read I do think it has its flaws. The two main flaws that I found were that some parts were lacking sufficient detail and it w ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Into No Man's Land by Ellen Emerson White was a good book. It's about a nineteen year old, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, who is stationed at Khe Sanh, Vietnam in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He is a Marine whose job is to defend Hill 881S. The book is about him defending the hill, life in the hot jungle, friends made and lost due to the results of war and personal questions of whether he was making a difference or not. Patrick kept a detailed journal of his experience during his tour of duty which wa ...more
Zack Marcinkiewicz
Patrick Seamus Flaherty is an 18 year old man from Boston who enlists with the United States Marine Corps. Patrick feels obligated to serve because he comes from a military family. He is stationed in Khe Sanh, Vietnam in 1968. But before he leaves to Vietnam his father gives him a small journal where he records his thoughts, feelings, and basically everything that happens while he is in the war. When he lands in Vietnam he immediately realizes that he’s not in Boston anymore. He makes some life ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book take the events of Khe Sanh during the U.S. and Vietnam war and is written in journal format from a fictional characters standpoint. From what i see, the Authors purpose for writing this book is to give his audience a a idea of what the Vietnam war was like and doing it in a more free way. The fictional characters used in the story not only give the author more opportunity for dialog, but makes it really easy to see character development. A good majority of the book is about and the re ...more
Francisco Rodriguez
Hey you guys this is Francisco Rodriguez & i'am going to create a summary of this book ! This journal about Patrick Seamus Flaherty is in parts of glory & parts of horrifying scenes. Patrick is a 18 year old marine fighting in the vietnam war.Throughout this book patrick shares his experiences on the battlefield and with the other soldiers.This kid goes through living hell but untouched until one day he is taking a nap and his tent gets hit by a mortar! His left arm gets blown apart and ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-ed, war
Although written for young readers, this book provides great exposure to military culture, some specific to the Marines, and some more general. It's a fast read that covers a range of characters you've likely seen on film, but that doesn't make them any less compelling. The descriptions of fighting are as vivid as those of the quiet moments. Most importantly, the "journal" and the notes at the end of the book provide an excellent view into the causes, futility, and aftermath of the Vietnam War. ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Kolton rated it it was amazing
Into No Man's Land is a compelling and riveting novel that takes you into the heart of Khe Sanh, Vietnam. This Day-to-Day journal of the challenges and hardships faced by the main character of the book, Patrick Seamus Flaherty, is both exciting and a tragedy all at the same time. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but then throw you back once you find out one of the good guys has died. This book is powerful and full of beautiful writing, but is difficult not to feel ...more
Kwal kowalski
Oct 19, 2007 Kwal kowalski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes war books and action
Recommended to Kwal by: me, myself, and I
This is a very good book. It takes place in vietnam. The begining of this book starts very slow. It took me a couple trys to finaly read the whole book. I became disinterested the first two times I atempted to read this book because there wasn't a very good hook at the beginning. Once i finally read the beginning i really enjoyed this book.
The characters in this book were Scott and a few of his friends. Some of his best friends in Vietnam were Behop, Professor. Behop was a round character bec
Jan 12, 2017 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a hard time finding books that I get hooked to. A lot of the time I start reading them, but I tune out because its not interesting, but this book is completely different. It starts off a little slow but it quickly gets to the action and you get hooked right off the bat. I loved reading this novel. There wasn't a time where I wasn't interested in what I was reading. If you are interested in the Military, wars, guns, violence. Then this is a perfect read for you. One thing that I took away ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps
188 pages
Ellen Emerson White

This is a story about a young man named Patrick, who was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1968. This is his story of what his life was like before he was drafted. Patrick also talks about his experiences in boot camp. He shares about his time spent in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Patrick talks about the search and destroy missions he went on and how he got in firefights. This historical fiction book allow
Patrick Flaherty turned down several football scholarships to enlist in the Marines. He was following in the footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather by serving in the military during a time of war. Before he left home, his father gave him a journal to write in, and even though Patrick hates to write, he makes the attempt. What he finds is that writing in the journal helps him deal with horrors of war that he sees every day. For many months, Patrick's unit is in the center of a bloody, dan ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Evankoberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was really action filled and really fun to read. It was about a guy who was a All-star football player in high school and wanted to go to Notre Dame for college but when they didn't except him he stopped playing football. After that he joined the Marines And left the town where he lived to Vietnam. So he writes to all of his family members about everything that is happening when he is there. Many tragic accidents happen but he luckily lives through his time in Vietnam. I ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Yougo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts out a little slow, it seemed it took a long time to get around to telling much of a story, but once it did, it picked up quickly and was a worthwhile read. It isn't as gritty as a 'Saving Private Ryan', but being a kids book I thought it did a good job of presenting a terrible 3 month battle during the Veitnam war. I found that I learned several things I had never considered before which I didn't expect.

The book is a little formulatic, but overall pretty good. I also thought tha
Dec 19, 2012 04HarryS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My name is America
war in Vietnam
1980's in Vietnam
Protagonist is brave and tough, doesnt really have an antagonist
The story is a war journel telling of everything he went through from the beginning to the end.
When the Protagonist gets to Vietnam he's all new and nobody really knows him, and he's new to the whole gist of war. after a while he makes friends and loses some and he gets more skilled in the war zone and all that until he gets home.
I liked everything about this book.
"Holly wo
Aug 11, 2015 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sob-stories
"I wouldn't have volunteered if I wasn't willing to die for my country, but if it happens, I want there to be a reason."

This was my favorite Dear America I've revisited so far. I don't think that I read it as a kid.

It was kind of charming. Patrick seemed very authentically young and naive. He was just likable and it seemed realistic as far as his being a boy and not a seasoned soldier. I mean, he was excited about seeing boobies. I was glad the entries were longer and more meaningful than the la
Joshua Lechner
This book was really good. I liked this book because it was about the Veitnam War. The book was really interesting and I just wanted to just keep reading it. I think Bebop was the most interesting character because he likes to play jazz. When they got to leave the mountains they went to a bunker far away from the mountains. Bebop saw a guy that was playing the saxephone and he just kept begging the guy to play it just for five minutes, so Bebop and his friend gave the guy 2 suviniors. The guy g ...more
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