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The Father of All Things by Tom Bissell
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May 07, 09

it was ok
Read in April, 2009

I learned that I must go to the 'right' places when visiting Viet Nam (five times) because I've not experienced the begging, pushing, not-so-nice things that this father and son experienced.

Good history writing but the personal side reminds me of my mother-in-law asking (often) why my husband doesn't talk about his experiences as a young Marine in the Chu Lai area. He doesn't but he loves visiting Viet Nam and we've been to Chu Lai.

For anyone who hasn't been...some of the tales of unpleasant experiences in the cities and with local inhabitants could put one off from making a visit to one of the world's loveliest places with people who welcome Americans. Most you meet were not even born when the American War happened.

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