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Desertion: In the Time of Vietnam

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In 1969, Jack Todd was twenty-three and happy beyond his dreams. He had left behind a hardscrabble youth in a small Nebraska town, had an exciting and enviable job as a reporter on the Miami Herald, and was wildly in love with his beautiful Cuban-American girlfriend. As the war in Vietnam drew closer, he assumed that he would fight, as the men in his family had always foug ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Talk about Zeitgeist.
Todd was a "Proud to be an American" youth, who enlisted in the Army and prepared for deployment to Vietnam. During his training, he encounters deep angst over the involvement in an unjust war. He eventually defects to Canada, suffering both guilt and shame.
Kent State was a sister school to Bowling Green, where I was a freshman in 1970. Through Todd's deeply revealing account of those years, I re-experienced that troubled era of generational conflict and political unrest.
Pamela Walker
Jack Todd and I grew up in the same town in Nebraska, though he was a few years older than me. Like all small towns, there was plenty of gossip flying around after he went to Canada, but very little of it held the truth. I was captivated by his book, not only because it filled in the gaps for me of what happened to him, but also because it explained the turmoil of draft-age youth at the time of Vietnam. There were so many issues that the general public, at a time that the "president is always ri ...more
This was a wonderful book, reiniscent of Tim OBrien's short story about his struggles with his conscience over fleeing to Canada or being drafted into the army. Todd does a beautiful job crafting his story, and his story is an incredible one - the Oddysey of a Nebraska farm boy who makes his way to Miami where he was a reporter, basic training, deserting and crossing the border, and his struggles making a new life for himself.
A true story of Jack Todd's journey from college student in the midwest, to newspaper reporter in Miami, to draftee in the Vietnam War, and ultimately to someone who deserts the army and renounces his US citzenship and becomes a Canadian resident. It wasn't an easy life, and Todd tells the story honestly. Highly recommended!
heartbreaking with unforgetable read
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