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War Year

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A tour of duty through the worst that the world has to offer

Before his time as a professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before penning multiple Nebula and Hugo Award–winning novels and stories, Joe Haldeman was a soldier in Vietnam, an experience that changed him and colored much of what he has written. War Year is Haldeman’s first novel and hi
Hardcover, 122 pages
Published 1972 by Holt, Rinehart & Winston, NY
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James Stroffolino
War Year was a very plain and basic type of book, the author didn't add fancy descriptions or take 5 pages just to introduce a new character. Many may disagree but that's the best type of book to me; to the point, action packed, and what needed to be told was told. Almost like it was told by a REAL soldier. The ending was a huge shocker though, a disappointment in a way but not really. I'd recommend this book for those who hate boring books that just go on and on with details that are irrelevant ...more
It was OK, there are better Vietnam War book out there. I seem to recall really liking Winston Groom's Better Times Than These better when I read it some time ago. If you like Joe Haldeman's prose style when he wrote Forever War, this book will probably appeal to you--the voice is very similar (without the time travel and space war, of course!) It was worth the time to read.
Solid, if no frills, account of a soldier's time in Vietnam circa 1968. It's pretty direct, without a lot a lot of fancy, vivid prose, but it has a solid ring-of-truth to it. With a length of about 120-130 pages, it should still be an easy, engaging read even if you find the prose a little flat.
Joe Baptist
This is a short and engaging book about a soldier in Vietnam in 1968.
Note that the ending of the paperback edition is different and much darker than that of the hardcover edition.
Robert Morganbesser
written by a man who is today one of the best science fiction authors around, this is an unblemished look at one mans year in Vietnam. an excellent book.
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Brother of Jack C. Haldeman II

Haldeman is the author of 20 novels and five collections. The Forever War won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in 1975. Other notable titles include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works "Graves," "Tricentennial" and "The Hemingway Hoax." Starbound is scheduled for a January release. SFWA pres
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The Forever War (The Forever War, #1) Forever Peace (The Forever War, #2) The Accidental Time Machine Camouflage Forever Free (The Forever War, #3)

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