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Nam by Mark     Baker
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Jun 15, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 2005

This book does a nice job of interweaving snippets from the experiences of many different people who experienced the Vietnam War. I felt by the end that I could recognize the voices that kept popping back up through the novel. There are truly some horrifying accounts of what happened in the war--one reviewer on amazon questions whether or not all of the events ring true. He needs to go back and re-read the section where a vet explains that it doesn't matter whether the story told by a vet is completely true or not, when you survive the horror that was survived over there, the story feels real in your mind and therefore it is all true.


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James This book IS A LITERARY FRAUD.
Just like Clifford Irving's "book" about Howard Hughes.

See STOLEN VALOR pp 388-389

In Stolen Valor B.G. Burkett points out:
1. In the introduction Baker wrote: "It must be assumed that included here are... and very likely outright lies"

2. Baker doesn't name his sources so it's impossible to verify most of what he says.

3. Baker described the death of "Johnny Kane.
No one named Johnny Kane died in Vietnam, nor did a Lt. Carver or a Marine enlisted man named Browne, as Baker's sources contended.

4. One man said he was transferred to the 2nd marine division in Vietnam.
In fact, the 2nd marine division never served in Vietnam.

5. one account described shells that sounded like a train fired from the battleship USS Arizona.
The Arizona had been sunk December 7, 1941 and has been at the bottom of Pearl harbor ever since.

And a lot more, the whole book is fiction.
Most books about Vietnam are, read Stolen Valor for many other examples.

Go to the VIRTUAL Vietnam wall on the internet,
that lists all Americans who died in Vietnam,
can't find Johnny Kane? = the author was lying.

This link takes you to the page that has every American whose last name started with the letter K
Do you see a John or Johnny Kane?

This link takes you to the page with every American with the last name starting with letter C
There is no Lt Carver (with any first name) listed.

Look up the history of the second marine division:

1950s through the 1980s

The Division didn't take part in a major action again until 1958 when elements participated in the U.S. intervention into the Lebanon crisis of 1958.
2nd Marine Division units helped to reinforce Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and landed in the Dominican Republic in 1965 as part of Operation Power Pack.
Other peacekeeping operations carried on by the Division include being part of the Multi National Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon from August 1982 until February 1984.
(Nothing in Vietnam)
During conflicts in Korea and Vietnam,
the 2d Marine Division Band did not participate in combat.
Elements participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, October-December 1962.

Elements participated in the intervention in the Dominican Republic, April-June 1965.

Elements participated as part of multinational peace-keeping force in Lebanon August 1982-February 1984.

(Nothing in Vietnam)

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