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Homecoming : when the soldiers returned from Vietnam / [collected and edited by] Bob Greene.

Contributor(s): Greene, Bob.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Putnam, c1989Edition: 1st American ed.Description: 269 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0399133860; 9780399133862.Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- United States | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Public opinion | Public opinion -- United States | Veterans -- United States -- Correspondence | Soldiers -- United States -- CorrespondenceAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Homecoming.; Online version:: Homecoming.DDC classification: 959.704/3/0922 LOC classification: DS559.73.U6 | H66 1989Other classification: HU 9800 | RR 55983 Summary: Vietnam veterans recount what happened to them upon their return to the U.S.
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Vietnam veterans recount what happened to them upon their return to the U.S.

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``Were you ever spat upon when you returned home to the United States?'' asked syndicated columnist Greene of the Vietnam veterans among his readership. He received over 1000 letters in reply, many recounting specific details of just such a painfully remembered incident. Evidently this recollection of ``hippies'' (as they are often called in the letters) spitting on combat veterans has become one of the war's most unpleasant, enduring images. Conversely, other letters describe acts of generosity toward servicemen, from the typical free beers at the bar to a free show. But the over 200 letters excerpted here do more than confirm popular notions. They bring back the incidents of 20 years ago vividly, but not always with bitterness. And they reveal healing solidarity among veterans in response to what for many was not a happy homecoming. Recommended. Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Bob Greene is a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His book topics have included politics, basketball, and rock and roll; he toured with Alice Cooper to get the background for Billion Dollar Baby (1974). <p> His books are often a collection of his newspaper columns, covering a wide range of topics with interesting portraits of both everyday people and celebrities, but sometimes focus on his own reactions to life's changes. The rediscovery of his old high school diary resulted in Be True to Your School: A Diary of 1964 (1987). Turning age 50 led to his The Fifty Year Dash: The Feelings, Foibles, and Fears of Being Half-a-Century Old (1997). <p> Greene was born in 1947 and lives in Illinois with his wife, Susan, and their daughter Amanda, who provided the inspiration for his book Good Morning, Merry Sunshine: A Father's Journal of His Child's First Year (1984). <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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