Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

VIETNAM WAR: A Graphic History, The

Title: THE VIETNAM WAR: A Graphic History
Author: Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Wayne Vansant
Genre: Artistic, Graphical
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0809094959/a>

The first-ever account of the entire Vietnam War in the graphic history format form its buildup and expansion in the early 1960s, the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, and the reconciliation and remembrance movement decades later that resulted in the construction of "The Wall"--the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In addition to the conflict in Vietnam, it recounts the many tumultuous events in the United States from the halls of power in Washington, D.C. to the streets of cities across the nation that threatened to tear the society apart. An even-balanced and surprisingly comprehensive account in a ground-breaking format of a traumatic period of our history that resonates to today..

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Zimmerman, Dwight Jon
Vansant, Wayne

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?

Title: How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?
Author: Terry L. Gould
Genre: Military, Navy
Reviewer: E. Franklin Evans

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1453861548

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart is a story about young American boys who left their homes for Vietnam and returned to the comforting and healing shelter of a military hospital; wounded, frightened and proud.

It is a story about their longing to recapture the spirit of boyhood and rekindle the optimism and fearlessness of youth. And, it's about their struggle to be whole again--or at the very least, to feel whole.

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart is a based on a true story. It takes the reader into the world of a military hospital in 1969 and traces the lives of these Marines on a fifteen-month journey to recovery--and their triumph over the physical, mental and emotional wounds of war.

The hospital and the nearby streets and bars of south Philadelphia, became their home, and like any home, it was a place to gather, to belong, to struggle, to play, a place to find support and ultimately, a place to heal. And every day of healing brought them closer to the day they could go home. A day they would both cherish--and fear.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Gould, Terry L.

Paper Dragon, Wooden Ship

Title: Paper Dragon, Wooden Ship
Author: Jack L. Wells
Genre: Military, Navy
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0741452405

US Navy operations aboard the sistership of the ill fated USS PUEBLO (AGER-2); and, Navy Market Time and Riverine combat and minesweeping during the Vietnam War 1968-1970

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Wells, Jack L.

War on the Rivers A Swift Boat Sailor's Chronicle of the Battle for the Mekong Delta

Title: War on the Rivers A Swift Boat Sailor's Chronicle of the Battle for the Mekong Delta
Author: Weymouth Symmes
Genre: Military, Navy
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1575101092

This book is a memoir of a four year enlistment in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, from service aboard the USS Ticonderoga as she engaged in the air war over North Vietnam, to service aboard U.S. Navy Swift boats in the Mekong Delta. Although the focus of the book is on the war on the rivers, the book also considers the consequences for the warrior upon the return home.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Symmes, Weymouth