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.

America Won the War

Title: America Won the Vietnam War
Author: Robert R. Owens
Genre: Non-fiction, History
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): ISBN / EAN

This examination of the Vietnam War is not a detailed account of the battlefield struggle. Instead, it looks at the goals and objectives as stated in the rhetoric of America's leadership. The criteria used for judgement are the public records of the achievements or failures of those goals and objectives. This work is not only necessary for historical accuracy, but it is also imperative in the cause of justice for the brave men and women who fought and won the war. To you, the unappreciated veterans of Vietnam, I say: "You may not have received a parade when you came home. The media may continue to malign your name. However, beginning here, it is my hope that you will see the record of your courageous achievements corrected and the history of your selfless service acknowledged. In this book I reveal the best-kept secret of the twentieth century: 'America Won the Vietnam War!' or 'How the Left Snatched Defeat from the Jaws of Victory.'"

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Owens, Robert R.

Voices from Vietnam: The Tragedies and Triumphs of Americans and Vietnamese--Two Peoples Forever Entwined by the Legacy of War

Title: Voices from Vietnam: The Tragedies and Triumphs of Americans and Vietnamese--Two Peoples Forever Entwined by the Legacy of War
Author: Charlene Edwards
Genre: Artistic, Photography Book
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0971402051

Through powerful personal narratives and photographs, this examination of the lives touched by the Vietnam War draws from the experience of those people, both American and Vietnamese, affected by the war on the battlefront and at home. Stories recounted include those of the soldiers, nurses, refugees, American Asian survivors, and of those who fearfully awaited the return of friends and family members. Ultimately, the stories reflect moments of history in the hope and despair that define individuals' lives.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Edwards, Charlene

Black Water: A Place of No Hope

Title: Black Water: A Place of No Hope
Author: Neil Millar
Genre: Non-fiction, History
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1594570620

The decision not to pull the trigger on an arms dealer during a covert mission is haunting SAS Patrol Commander Mike Edwards. Now, on a mission to find and free a kidnapped environmentalist he comes face to face with the man who caused his nightmare to begin. But, in the perilous jungle of Kali Pani,he must deal with more than just the physical confrontation with his enemy. Now he must deal with the emotional and spiritual issues inside himself that will either deliver or destroy him. Enjoy the tale of a soldier in the military as well as a soldier in life and have your own moments of illumination amongst the wisdom, wisecracking and whizzing bullets of Black Water.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Millar, Neil

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