Steinbeck in Vietnam

Steinbeck in Vietnam

Dispatches From the War

Book - 2012
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Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday. Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to Newsday publisher Harry F. Guggenheim's deceased wife. His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course. As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse. Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career. -- Jacket.
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780813932576
0813932572
Branch Call Number: 959.70433 STEINBECK
Characteristics: xxiii, 190 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Barden, Thomas E.

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keithwi
Dec 21, 2013

This book was a waste of time. The 'veteran' had a privileged assignment and used his position of influence to visit Southeast Asia at the taxpayers expense. Further, he visited his son who wasn't enjoying such a privileged assignment. My deceased grandmother would say John Steinbeck has eye trouble. A large portion his letters to his wife began with "I". He's full of opinions, and tried to shape history by writing his version of the truth. Have you met a journalist that wasn't filled with notions that escape reality? Thankfully, the local library had a copy so one doesn't have to waste their money buying this trash.

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keithwi
Dec 21, 2013

A complete waste of time will be enjoyed by anyone electing to read the journalists letters to his wife while enjoying a privileged tour of duty around southern asia at the taxpayer expense.

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