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Silent Spring: Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Shortly after I had returned home from Vietnam for the last time, my father urged me to file a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for medical problems I had experienced during my service. I began the process without much enthusiasm and quickly got side lined by my new civilian life. Little did I realize that I wouldn’t re-visit my disability cla ...more
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published 2019 by Whatnot Enterprises, LLC
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Fiona Ingram
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Grady
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘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
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Ben
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the very opening you know everything you need to know about this book. It sets up a darkness and disillusionment. There's a sense of foreboding, therefore, as you read on. This grips you and forces you to stick to the page, even if you want to look away.

This is a first hand experience, and with that the book is carried with knowledge. It doesn't just tell the stories of Vietnam that you've heard again and again. It goes deeper into the horrors, including poisonous and venomous vermin puttin
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Carlton Phelps
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jen
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite genres is narrative nonfiction, so when an author like Patrick Hogan puts together a memoir that tells the truth in a way that reads like fiction, I know I am reading something powerful. Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is Patrick Hogan’s retelling of his experience in the Vietnam War combined by endless research documenting the chemical warfare that was happening without the soldiers realizing what was at stake – their own health. As Hogan writes in the book, ...more
Caitlin
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
While I had heard, of course, of many of the damaging effects of the chemicals used in the Vietnam war, it was absolutely devastating to read a firsthand account of just how toxic these substances are. The effects they had on unwitting veterans was absolutely horrifying and appalling. The only thing more horrifying and appalling is the treatment received by these veterans as they tried to raise their concerns with the government. The tone of this book may sound a bit preachy and angry, but the a ...more
Michellej
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Silent Spring” is very well researched and thorough as it seeks to inform us of the devastating health problems that are faced by veterans of the Vietnam war. This serious and hellish part of the writer’s life is shared in crisp tones so that emotions do not cloud the truth and the pain. A lot of details are given about the chemicals used and the effects on the veterans. The government denials and the personal pain are presented in a very clear-cut manner that serves to make you realise that th ...more
Meg
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Author Hogan describes his experiences serving in Vietnam, and although he describes his personal memories, it’s clear that he speaks for many returned veterans of that era. He, along with many other American servicemen, lived in the jungles and was constantly exposed to dangers -- not just from enemy raids, but also from disease, jungle predators, and the harmful chemicals constantly sprayed by our own government.

He explains that after he returned from combat, he had a series of health proble
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Anony Mouse
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silent Spring, Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is the first hand account of former Staff Sergeant of the United States Army, Patrick Hogan. Hogan delves into his three-year stint in Vietnam and its effect on the rest of his and his fellow soldiers’ lives. He goes beyond scratching the surface while examining Agent Orange and other chemicals that Vietnam troops were exposed to. He also gives insight into the daily life of the soldiers during their the on-the-ground grind. Their lives, conscienc ...more
Literary
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aaron
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Patrick Hogan accounts never-heard-before details about the Vietnam war in his book ‘Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War’. The stories told are appalling, dumbfounding and breathtaking. I love how the author chronicled the events during and after the war. This book enabled me to view the war from a perspective that is far from how the media and government reported about it. Reading this book was both a revitalizing and electrifying experience. Patrick Hogan highlighted the impact of ...more
Kerrie
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silent Spring-Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is a gut wrenching account of war and the secrets that the government has kept from us for over fifty years. I am the type of person that absolutely loves conspiracy theories, and I knew that diving into this book I would really enjoy learning about different things that I may never have known about the Vietnam War, but I wasn’t expecting how much it would hurt my heart reading this. This book is classified as a memoir, but it is so much more than t ...more
Molly E.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silent Spring: Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is a heart-wrenching, detailed, informed, and emotional book to read. Patrick Hogan is a Vietnam vet and as he shares about the use of toxic chemicals during Vietnam and it’s devastating and lasting after impacts, his anger is palpable. How could he not be angry? His own country sent him off to fight and then exposed him to deadly poison that could have easily been less deadly. His country made him fight and then put him in more danger in order to ...more
Julie
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book touches a soft spot in me because my dad was in Vietnam. He was Air Force, only physically putting boots on the ground for a total of about two weeks, but that’s all it took. Agent Orange and the host of other chemicals sprayed on our troops led to adult onset Type II Diabetes and heart disease. I lost my dad 10 years ago, this October. He was only 62. Way too young.

I knew very little about Agent Orange ~ only the tiny bit we were taught in school. I funneled my grief into learning mor
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Alexander Pyles
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silent Spring by Patrick Hogan, is a powerful part testimonial, memoir, and investigative narrative that delves into the messy, and devilish details of the Vietnam War. Hogan is struck forty some years after his service, having only spent a little over two years in Vietnam directly, to look into the aliments that plague him now and he soon begins to see a correlation between himself and the pesticides the other host of chemicals he was brought into contact while overseas. Hogan’s exhaustive rese ...more
Emerson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is a memoir novel by author Patrick Hogan. The book explores his time serving in Vietnam, his struggle with the war upon returning home, and the pesticides and chemical waste that was going on there. The book is his truth about what he experienced and witnessed while at war. Hogan talks in depth about the lasting consequences that war veterans are still dealing with from this war and the chemicals they were exposed to, such as a myriad of cancers ...more
Janet S
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PATRICK HOGAN – SILENT SPRING, DEADLY AUTUMN OF THE VIETNAM WAR
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
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Crystal Reed
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Topbookreviewers
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mike Parsons
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Madonna
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathryn Vercillo
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book provides a strong overview of the many different chemicals that the war troops in Vietnam were exposed to. I didn't even realize that there were more than four different types of Agent Orange, let alone Agent White and so many other chemicals. The author writes, "Ultimately, it would be our exposure to a multitude of organic chemicals that would produce the invisible cellular and genetic trauma that would unknowingly come home from Bietnam and relentlessly pursue us for the rest of our ...more
Veronica Ouellette
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
Jennifer Yoder
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Willow Moon Greymoor
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
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Anna
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Patrick Hogan does a brilliant job of bringing a clearer perspective of the make-up of hazardous chemicals used in the Vietnam War, including Agent Orange. As you tearfully read about the horrendous illnesses US Veterans, including Hogan, inherit from the wars, you understand they gave up their lives for their country whether they left the war alive or not. Meanwhile, the US government is deliberate in their choice to not care for their Veterans as they ought to. To me, they came to symbolize a ...more
Kelly McDonough
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing


Patrick Hogan pens a labor of love with SILENT SPRING – DEADLY AUTUMN OF THE VIETNAM WAR. His is a story about the experiences of boots-on-the-ground or in-country Vietnam Veterans survived. It forever changed all of their lives. Hogan digs deep to validate how the government knew that Agent Orange, Agent White and a multitude of other herbicides and pesticides would have terrible effects on the human body and the environment. He has researched this non-fiction book to the point of him describin
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Shelby Steinauer
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
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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
Amanda
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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