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Payback: Five Marines after Vietnam by Joe…

Payback: Five Marines after Vietnam

by Joe Klein

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This is the story of average vietnam veterans. The only thing that makes them unusual is that one of them died in a shootout with police. The others struggle with their memories, fight their problems and try to live their lives.

It does make me wonder how their lives are going all these years later. Are they still married, are they doing well, do they still think about vietnam? The book certainly brings back memories for me.
  xenchu | Feb 7, 2010 |
When an ex-Marine and Vietnam Veteran named, of all names, Gary Cooper, went nuts and died in a shootout with police in the early 80s, journalist Joe Klein started looking into the event. He ended up interviewing in great depth several of Cooper's Vietnam Marine buddies, beginning with a particularly horrific battle that they all took part in and then moving out to examine each of their lives as they attempted to re-enter society after their military duty was over. It is not a cheerful book, as each of the veterans face very difficult hurdles, which some never get past, in attempting to resume normal lives. Not a cheerful book, but a very well written one. Payback takes each of the surviving soldiers up through the mid-80s, when the book was published, not counting Cooper, of course, whose story ends with the shoot-out. Klein was given an incredible amount of cooperation from these veterans, some of whom were telling their war stories for the first time, and their families. It's a very valuable book to read for all of us who don't know what it's like. I can't imagine things are or are going to be very much different for Iraqi War veterans. A very good, but disturbing, book. ( )
  rocketjk | Jun 9, 2009 |
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