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Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers'…

Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers' Engravings and Stories (1965-1973)

by Sherry Buchanan

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For those who were there, knew someone there, or are just interested in this insidious war, this book is fascinating. ( )
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Amazon Significant Seven, September 2007: When pictures of thatched huts set ablaze by U.S. troops were beamed to stateside TVs, the Zippo lighter became a symbol of the escalating Vietnam War and America's increasing uneasiness with her mission there. But the lighters were often much more than that to the soldiers; they were talismans and tokens of personal expression, engraved with statements ranging from the profane to the obscene to the just plain hopeful: When God open[ed] the gates of hell, the 101st walked out Death is my business and business has been good If you think sex is exciting, try incoming Never again I love you mom Lavishly illustrated and startlingly frank, Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers' Engravings and Stories (1965-1973) is an insightful and gut-wrenching look into the thoughts of the young men who carried them. --Jon Foro

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Presents photos of the engraved Zippo lighters of American soldiers in the Vietnam War between 1965 and 1973 and discusses the meanings of their phrases and pictures.

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