Re: [sixties-l]"HOME TO WAR: A History of the Vietnam VeteransMovement"

Date: Sat May 12 2001 - 21:59:08 EDT

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    The NY Times hasn't reviewed mine either, and it has an equally
    impressive list of names on the back cover, plus Zinn having authored
    the Introduction. Does HOME TO WAR contain any criticism of the Times?
    Mine does. Maybe that's the reason?
                                                            Bill Mandel

    jo grant wrote:
    > While in the process of reading HOME TO WAR: A History of the Vietnam
    > Veterans' Movement by Gerald Nicosia, (Crown Books, June 2001, ISBN
    > 0-8129-9103-6) I learned that the NYTimes has refused to review the
    > book. This seems very strange to me considering that HOME TO WAR
    > details the many years of activism by Vietnam vets whose active
    > opposition to the war added deperately needed muscle to the protests
    > that brought an end to that war. The protests are only one part of
    > this book that deals extensively with healing, readjustment and VVAW.
    > I have added the basic information about the book on my website, but
    > would like to collect thoughts about the refusal of the NYTimes to
    > review what is (in my opinion) an important book. Is this an example
    > of the mainstream media not wanting to deal with, acknowledge or
    > discuss what a tragic mistake it was to get involved in that war.
    > Vietnam Vets have been waiting for this book that Nicosia had been
    > working on for 12 years. It has been praised by Howard Zinn, Larry
    > Heinemann, Oliver Stone, Gen Harold Moore, Col. David Hackworth and
    > many others. A recent review in the Chicago Tribune spoke highly of
    > the book, but the review was lukewarm and it appeared that the
    > reveiwer had not given the book a carefully read.
    > The book was published with a different cover than was used on the
    > pre-pub copies (which I consider a big mistake on the part of Crown)
    > and I haven't changed the book cover art yet--but will in a few days.
    > I'm adding one web address at the urging of some Vietnam Vet friends:
    > The Chicago Tribune review can be seen at:
    > j grant

    Do you teach in the social sciences? Consider my SAYING NO TO POWER 
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    Positive reviews
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