Long Time Passing, New Edition

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 depiction of Vietnam's bitter fruit is calculated to agitate even the most complacent American." -Philadelphia Inquirer"There have been many books on the Vietnam War, but few have captured its second life as memory better than Long Time Passing." -Washington Post Book World"A most perceptive and fascinating account of the continuing impact of the Vietnam experience.... As this important book makes clear, we will be paying the costs for Vietnam for long years to come. Myra MacPherson not only lived through the Vietnam years, she writes with the insight of one still deeply caught up in the issues of that tragedy." -George McGovern"Enthralling reading... full of deep and strong emotions." -New York TimesThis new edition of a classic book on the impact of the Vietnam War on Americans reintroduces the haunted voices of the Vietnam era to a new generation of readers. In a new introduction, Myra MacPherson reflects on what has changed, and what hasn't, in the years since these interviews were conducted, explains the key points of reference from the 1980s that feature prominently in them, and brings the stories of her principal characters up-to-date.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 38mm | 1,102.22g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New Edition
  • 1 index
  • 0253214955
  • 9780253214959
  • 1,435,612

About Myra MacPherson

Myra MacPherson was a longtime political writer for the Washington Post and was recently cited for her work in a New Yorker profile of the newspaper. She continues to write for national magazines and the Internet.show more

Table of contents

Contents:IntroductionPart I. Long Time PassingPrologue1. Two Soldiers2. The Generation3. A Different War4. Southie and the RebelsPart II. Draft and Protest1. Draft Board Blues2. The Chosen3. The Maimed4. Hawks and Doves5. The Scams6. The Reserves and National Guard7. Game of Chance8. Confessions9. ImpressionsPart III. Still in Saigon1. Post-Traumatic Stress2. The Afflicted3. The Criminals4. The Vet Centers5. The Disordered6. The Significant OthersPart IV. Making It1. Successful Veterans2. From Losers to Winners3. The WoundedPart V. Resistance1. The Deserters2. The Exiles3. The ImprisonedPart VI. Women and the War1. Mothers and Fathers2. The Supp-Hose Five3. The Warriors4. Women at the BarricadesPart VII. Vietnam Kaleidoscope1. Atrocities2. The Reluctant Warriors3. The Warriors4. The Blacks5. Drugs, Bad Paper, Prison6. Agent OrangeEpilogueGlossaryAppendix: Postscript, 1993BacknotesAcknowledgmentsBibliographyIndexshow more

Review quote

"Any approach to the subject of Vietnam's aftermath must begin with Myra MacPherson's groundbreaking book... Her book, among the first to break the long national silence on the war, remains one of the most moving and important works on the Vietnam bookshelf." -Arnold R. Isaacs, author of Vietnam Shadows "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 depiction of Vietnam's bitter fruit is calculated to agitate even the most complacent American." --Philadelphia Inquirer "There have been many books on the Vietnam War, but few have captured its second life as memory better than Long Time Passing." --Washington Post Book World "A brilliant evocation of what Vietnam meant and what it did--not just to the veterans who fought it, but to all Americans who lived through it. This is a moving story full of light and darkness, tears and triumph, and I hope it will be read by everyone touched by that strange and painful war." --Senator Edward M. Kennedy "A most perceptive and fascinating account of the continuing impact of the Vietnam experience ... As this important book makes clear, we will be paying the costs for Vietnam for long years to come. Myra MacPherson not only lived through the Vietnam years, she writes with the insight of one still deeply caught up in the issues of that tragedy." --Senator George McGovern "An extraordinary book that is at the same time valuable and disturbing-disturbing because it captures the unexpected complexity and diversity of the Vietnam generation and valuable precisely because in doing so it breaks the stereotypes which too long clouded our understanding of both those who served and those who did not." --Col. Harry G. Summers, Jr., author of On Strategy "Enthralling reading ... full of deep and strong emotions." --New York Timesshow more

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