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Nicholas Proffitt's highly praised first novel, Gardens of Stone, has just been made into a movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film, which has been scheduled for release in April, will star James Caan, Anjelica Huston and James Earl Jones. (Entertainment)
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
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I actually read this book during the Desert Shield phase of the Gulf War in 1991. It was a very sobering read; this book made the rounds of my whole platoon. I gave it one of the highest marks of respect I have for a book or a movie; I have never re-read it. If I really like a book, I won't re-read it because I want to remember the emotions and thoughts the book gave me. Same for movies; if I really like a movie, I will only watch it once. I saw the movie of this book, and I won't watch it again ...more
David Ward
Gardens of Stone by Nicholas Proffitt (Carroll and Graf Publishers 1987)(Fiction). Set during the Viet Nam era, a young soldier is assigned to the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Unit, which is a ceremonial outfit known as “The Old Guard” that guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia and which provides the Honor Guard for burials at Arlington. The story centers around the young soldier’s desire to be in battle in Viet Nam and the influence of his mentor in the Old Guard, an old milit ...more
Purchased in Vietnam upon realizing my knowledge of the war was lacking. This didn't help much, but the characters were vivid and it was an interesting perspective.
Chrystine Collins-blums
This story touched me to the core. Yes, it is slightly cliched; the enlisted man's son marrying the officer's daughter, the couple who hate each other winding up madly in love (in a couple instances), the unit screw up becoming a hero - but despite all this I still love this book. I think every soldier wants to be like Jackie and have leadership like he had. I don't want to give away too much but read the book. Get past a few of the cliches - it's worth it. I joined the military at 17 and retire ...more
A well written and touching story set in a time many would like now to forget. It brings home many of the arguments that we are still having to this day in terms of the army and its role in our national consciousness.
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Nicholas Proffitt's novel Gardens of Stone was based on his service as a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry detachment detailed to serve as the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. After his military service, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a journalism degree and went to work for Newsweek as a reporter, subsequently working in Vietnam and Lebanon. He e ...more
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