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Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange

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Telling a tragic and important story, Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange chronicle their discovery of the cause of serious illnesses within their ranks and birth defects among their children, as well as their long battle with a government that refused to listen to their complaints.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by Seven Locks Press (first published May 12th 1983)
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Michelle Robinson
I read this book as a teenager. It made me so sad.

My father was in Vietnam, as was the fathers of so many people.
This book impacted me greatly. I feel, even to this day, that our goverment really has no respect for our military. They certainly didn't then and I am not sure that they do at this time either.

When I see news shows about what happens with veterans of more recent wars, I think of this book and wonder if they are really treated any better?

It makes me angry to think how these men were
Allison Malter
Through a series of interviews and perspectives the author tells about those exposed to Agent Orange and the effects it has had on their lives. The book was written in 1982 at a time when there was not universal recognition that Agent Orange was responsible for thousands of Vietnam veterans developing wasting neuromuscular and liver diseases and cancers as well as having stillborn infants or children with multiple birth defects. Indeed for years the government and the chemical companies that man ...more
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was about Vietnam war veterans who were exposed to the herbicide nicknamed Agent Orange. It was a chemical used to destroy vegetation exposing the enemy's position. Though, soldiers exposed to it reported very odd medical and health issues normally found in very old people. These soldiers were in their early twenties. They were all told that they would not be hurt and that Agent Orange was non-toxic. This book is about their story of these such symptoms including horrible birth defects ...more
Hien Xuan  Ngo
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had read this book earlier. I got this copy from my friend Dick Hughes whom I visited at his New York City office last Saturday. Actually I have read the first four chapters and I only did so while I was on the plane flying from DC to LA. It's a sad but must read book which made me cried as I thought about those American soldiers and Vietnamese soldiers of both sides, including my mother as an NLF combatant who fought in 67-69 in Quang Tri Province, who have suffered from the effects of ...more
Susanne Morgan
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

Wonderfully written book regarding the side effects our Vietnam veterans and their families have had to have due to Agent Orange. A must read!
Shivam Thakur
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, books-i-own, vietnam
Nations that take pride in democracy all over the world have often failed to be grateful to their soldiers. The liberty to talk like intellectuals comes at the cost of the man who picks up the gun and gives up on his so called basic needs. The book gives us gripping, behind-the-scenes, true account of the grief and injustice that the american veteran and his offspring were subject to. It's a narrative of how the world's oldest democracy not only failed to serve but in a way poisoned its own sold ...more
Diem N.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After volunteering with children and adult affected by Agent Orange two years ago in Vietnam. Everyone as the right to have their stories told. I truly recommend this book to anyone. Fred A. Wilcox personalizes the tragedy of Agent Orange by telling the individual stories of those who suffered from the side effects of Agent Orange and the terrible treatment they received.
Nov 22, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: war, medical, politics
$2 at Vinnies. Different cover picture. Could be a bit dated now, but good background info.
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The sad, true, and totally untold story.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Being a Vietnam veteran it is sad that our gov't spent so much money screwing us.
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