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Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Do you want to have a better understanding of all the very toxic injurious chemicals the US government used during the Vietnam War, not just Agent Orange?

Do you want to know about the entangled complex nightmarish mess made by all the actual pesticides and chemicals used during the Vietnam War?

For veterans who served the United States in South Vietnam, the war is far from
Published November 11th 2018 by Whatnot Enterprises
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Fiona Ingram
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the rest of the world, the Vietnam war is over. For the soldiers who fought in it, no matter what their role, it will never be over. Silent Spring: Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is described by author and Vietnam veteran Patrick Hogan as “part memoir, part exposé, and part call to action against the bureaucratic and legislative negligence and indifference that has violated, and continues to violate, the trust of veterans and US citizens as a whole.” Succinct and well put, this is the perf ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine.’

‘Corrupt men need nothing more to accomplish their deeds than that good men should look on and do nothing’John Stuart Mill - New Jersey author Patrick Hogan served in the Vietnam war from 1966 – 1969 stationed in areas of South Vietnam that had been sprayed directly with several tactical military-grade pesticides. Upon returning to the US he earned degrees from Fairleigh Dickenson University's Edward Williams College and John Jay College o
Carlton Phelps
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Mr. Hogan for making your book available for Goodreads giveaway.
The book has a lot of technical information about Agent Orange and pesticides that were used in Viet Nam on the young men and women who were there. It should also be noted, which Mr. Hogan mentions, the people of Viet Nam had these same chemicals sprayed on them.
Mr. Hogan also goes into his fight, that was on going at the time he wrote his book, with VA to admit that he and others were made ill by these chemicals.
If you a
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The war in Vietnam may have ended in 1975, but its effects are far-reaching and more devastating to the soldiers who gave their lives to serve on behalf of the United States than anyone could ever imagine. Agent Orange is the most commonly known chemical to have had an impact on the men and women who served in Vietnam during the decades long war, but it is far from the only substance to have made its indelible mark on millions of unsuspecting American soldiers. In addition to the onslaught of he ...more
Janet S
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an angry book. Patrick Hogan frames personal experience, as a “boots-on-the-ground” soldier in Vietnam and subsequent illnesses with a question: Can the U.S. government be rightly accused of having “treacherously betrayed” the American public and citizen-soldiers in its responses to the damaging effects of herbicides and pesticides used in the Vietnam conflict? Was the extensive use of chemicals conducted in a forthright and
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War by Patrick Hogan is much more than a story of one Vietnam veteran’s struggles over the following decades after the war. It is a full length analysis of the various chemicals that were dispersed on the enemy and throughout the camps of the US serviceman during the war. Hogan, the author and also the main subject in the biography portion of the book, chronicles his early life and enlistment into the war in the mid 60’s. He starts with the life stor ...more
Crystal Reed
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have a saying that listening to Noam Chomsky makes me feel both worse and better. Worse because the information he departs is so thoroughly depressing, but better because I'd rather know and it often confirms my suspicions about horrible things happening in the world, sometimes perpetrated by our own government (U.S.).

While this book focuses exclusively on the avoidable tragedy of soldiers and civilians being exposed to Agent Orange (and other deadly chemicals) during the period of the Vietnam
Mike Parsons
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Patrick Hogan is to be commended for the careful research and investigation evidenced in this interesting and difficult book; and, given the subject, for his restrained and logical reporting – only once or twice let down by (understandable) elements of cynicism and anger. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War who writes that he feels ‘treacherously betrayed’ by his government and the military. His concern is the tragic medical deterioration of those who served in Vietnam and who were inexplicably e ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War was well researched and put together. I had a difficult time reading some of it because my husband who died in 2012 of Vietnam Related diseases (per his VA doctor) spent two years in Vietnam and was exposed to all those same chemicals mentioned in this book. He said they were drenched with the sprays and could not even change clothing until they got back to base camp two days later. He had skin problems, skin cancer, diabetes, colon and respirator ...more
Jennifer Yoder
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Straight from the start, author Patrick Hogan expresses his true, uncensored beliefs about what the American government did to Vietnam soldiers and failed to take responsibility for. Hogan begins by sharing his own journey in Vietnam, giving detailed accounts of daily life on the ground. He doesn't hold back with his theories on what was really going on behind the scenes, however.

Hogan goes into detailed information on his research into the pesticides and herbicides that he believes were used d
Veronica Ouellette
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew about the Vietnam War, but I didn’t really KNOW about the Vietnam War. Patrick Hogan was a soldier in the Vietnam War from 1966-1969. Not only does he talk about his years in Vietnam, but also his years after Vietnam. The many health problems he has had, the surgeries, the pain, and the lack of help he got from the Department of Veteran Affairs. He also discusses the medical issues of a friend who was in the war and other veterans like him. He not only paints a very gruesome picture of th ...more
Willow Moon Greymoor
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Informative and shocking!

Patrick Hogan shares his experiences as an American Solider during Vietnam War. The trials he faced as solider exposed to Agent Orange among many other forms of chemical warfare along with his comrades and the citizen population of Vietnam changed his life forever.

After returning home from the war, Patrick began to have many health issues. In the beginning, he believed that the issues were minor and would go away with over the counter remedies. The symptoms did not cea
Shelby Steinauer
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is gripping and intense. I knew certain things about the Vietnam Conflict and the unintended affects it had on veterans in its aftermath, but I had never heard anyone talk about it their experience first-hand. Patrick Hogan served in Vietnam in the late 60s in areas that were directly sprayed with Agent Orange and other pesticides and chemical warfare agents. His story is an angry one and he has every right to be.

This is harsh story about a man tr
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review-2019
Silent Spring: Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is not a beach read. Patrick Hogan lays out in cold, harsh detail the reckless actions of our government using chemicals during the Vietnam War and the devastating effects that millions of people - soldiers and civilians alike - have suffered because of it. That this information comes from a man who was right there, boots-on-the-ground as they say, brings a bitter anger to the pages. And rightfully so! I am humbled by those who feel that duty to sa ...more
Caitlynn Akin
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this justifiably angry memoir, Patrick Hogan describes his experience as a solider in the Vietnam War and the unsettling health effects that he developed in the years following. It is clear that he has thoroughly researched everything regarding the health issues, the chemicals that caused them, and the government’s lack of support in resolving the issues for these numerous veterans having the same experience. While the book was very technical and scientific, Hogan used great analogies to make ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Hogan’s memoirs, Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War, caught my attention shortly after the death of my father-in-law. His story is similar in ways, but he fought in the Korean War and the DVA would not acknowledge his ailments and health claims because on the books he wasn’t working with Agent Orange or the other deadly chemicals. There are many secrets the military hides from itself and the servicemen/women are left without the coverage they need because of confidential mi ...more
Ravin Maurice
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Hogan has done a remarkable thing. He has put together a very concise and comprehensive look at the pesticides and other chemicals that were sprayed during the Vietman War, while discussing the illnesses he got because of being exposed to these chemicals. I read some reviews of this book that said this was an angry book, but I did not find it that way which is what I found remarkable. He should be angry, but he did a great job of not going off on rants and displaying the information in a ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Silent Spring: Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War by Patrick Hogan is a first hand account of Hogan's experience, so this book is biographical. Hogan has used his experience to highlight the misuse of chemicals, that were not only toxic, but caused a great deal of health issues for the military following the war. In addition, in the book, Hogan details conspiracies and cover ups by the government that will really have you scratching your head. This is a tough book to read, but ultimately one that ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This veteran of the Vietnam War outlines his duties as a boots-on-the-ground soldier in his early 20s, his subsequent health struggles, and even more difficult struggles with the government and governing bodies to admit the connection between the chemical weapons used on him and his numerous health problems.

This is a story from an angle I've never been fully exposed to before, and illuminates in many ways. This guy is intelligent, angry, and well-informed. He did his research before, and as, he
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and well written.
A great read.
A must-read, in fact.
It's not surprising that veterans get the run-around when they get back home, but it's disheartening that the government and the Department of Veterans Affairs would ignore the physical symptoms of so many people for so long and refuse them assistance.
When I first saw the glossary of terms at the front of the book, I anticipated much flipping back and forth. However, as I worked my way through the narrative, I found
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful and necessary read

Whether you know little or much about the Vietnam War and Agent Orange, Hogan's part memoir and part expository novel is well worth the read for anyone to learn deeper about our country, our history and the grave injustices we've inflicted on our military personnel and their families. Heavily researched and aptly written, you will view history and our government differently after reading about Hogan and other Vietnam veteran's stories during the war and with unimagin
Mark Smith
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Hogan pulls off what most cannot – invoke emotion using non-fiction. Fair warning, his description of the Vietnam War will make you angry, depressed, sad, and happy all at the same time. While much of the book is a little cumbersome to read and could use a second pair of eyes for editing, the story shines through with clarity. Hogan describes the government’s knowledge of Agent Orange and gives a behind the scene look at the suffering, then and now, of Vietnam veterans. His work should w ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Vietnam War Journal!
An emotional book by the author describing his own experience of Vietnam war and his learning and experiences after the war. The book is informative as it gets into details on weapons used in war and their impacts on the soldiers much after they came back on their health and life. The weapons here are not just guns, but anything that causes damage like pesticides and chemicals that have long lasting damaging effect. The author has passion, anger, research, experience, care
Corrine Cassels
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was informative, fascinating and heartbreaking all at the same time. There is so much my generation (born in the 80s) doesn't know about the Vietnam War and the horrible things our troops lived through at our own doing. Hogan writes passionately and personally about what he went through and what he learned years later about his experience. You can feel his frustration and pain on every page. I knew very little about Agent Orange before reading this book and now am appalled and disguste ...more
David Richardson
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I liked this book, but it is really technical in places that makes it hard to read. The message is loud and clear! Our Vietnam veterans and probably veterans of all US wars were grossly ignored by our government and left to fend for themselves.
This book scared me. If the government will treat the brave men and women that served and died (still dying) for our country, how will they treat an average citizen like me?? Support your veterans every chance you get.
I received this book for free from t
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very good and informative.He took a lot of time to research all of the information and make sure the facts he stated were true.Our Viet Nam Veterans deserved better treatment than this and they are still not getting the medical help they need.I am surprised any of our Viet Nam veterans were able to survive over there and that any of them are still alive after everything they were exposed to.Very sad!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a hard look at Vietnam from a "BOOTS ON GROUND" soldier that recounts his horrid days in Vietnam. It's an emotional book written with fury. How our Government and society treated those kids was a shameful disgrace and this author aims to bring the facts to light. This book really opened my eyes to the brutality of war and the fact that death takes no sides
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A first hand look into the damage done during the Vietnam War by the US from the chemicals we sprayed on Vietnam. It provided a lot of information that I did not know and left me with a respect for the sacrifices these men and women gave up during the war and are still sacrificing today.
Joseph Dubey
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rather like this read. this guy sounds like he has his act together and knows the facts with proof to back up his statements. It makes you stop and think what else the government might be hiding.
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