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Long Time Passing, New Edition: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

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Praise for the original edition:

"A haunting chorus of voices, a moving deeply disturbing evocation of an era." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Myra MacPherson's book belongs with the best of the works on Vietnam, and there has been no better body of war literature that I know of." --Joseph Heller

"A brilliant and necessary book... this stunning
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Paperback, 736 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Indiana University Press (first published 1984)
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Charles
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I read the old edition, put out in 1984. It's definitely haunting, though a bit overlong, and describes in personal tales, the rift between "the greatest generation" and the generation they packed off to a bad war on the other side of the world.
Sarah
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. Get ready for a long review.

On one hand, many of the stories related by MacPherson are fascinating and important. The most interesting part of this book is definitely the stories of individual veterans, resistors, and dodgers. Those bits of the book were thoughtful, well-written and analyzed, and often heart-breaking. They were also painfully relevant--the statistics and details about suicides of veterans were frightfully familiar given
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Catherine
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 1984. It was the first time that I understood that there had been a war in Vietnam.

I am not joking - my expensive Australian private school education in the 70s did not teach me anything about Vietnam, Korea or the Holocaust. They were deemed subjects not suitable for young ladies. We were told M.A.S.H. was fiction! There is a book in that alone.

I remember thinking that the things that were described were possibly a little over the top. That there were
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Jim
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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An outstanding commentary on the Vietnam generation who could have been the greatest generation if it were not for turmoil cause by the division; the division between THE GREATEST GENERATION and their offsprings. The author interviews people with first hand accounts and eye witnesses to the chaos. As a member of this generation, I can truthfully say that I identified with the content this book. I plan on reading it again someday. Treat your self to a tragic but influential part of our nation his ...more
Elaine
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent compilation of interviews with 500 "veterans" of the Vietnam era -- some soldiers on the frontlines, some war resisters, some antiwar activists -- but all were deeply affected. MacPherson's book -- published two decades after the war -- holds up powerfully today, reminding us how deeply etched the Vietnam War was in an entire generation. Personal stories that add up to a valuable record of a history that too many in power have tried to erase.
Greynomad
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
A lot of BS but then again if you believe half of the book then its not a bad read. Its to bad that she didn't check some of the veteran's stories because some of they tales are pure BS. A lot of want to be's
Lysergius
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Insightful and illuminating attempt to assess the lasting damage of the dirty little war.
Cynthia
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent and powerful book
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