Well Done, Those Men
Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran
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|Format:||Paperback, 320 pages, 2nd edition Edition|
|Published In: ||Australia, 02 July 2007|
In an intensely personal account, this chronicle draws on a young conscript and his comrades' lives before, during, and after the Vietnam War. Offering an Australian perspective of the trauma that occurs after such a deeply emotional and psychological experience, this story is a vivid, piercingly honest portrayal of a post-war breakdown and recovery. This sensitive and unforgettable account of one man's struggle through a war and a mental illness is at once a tribute to the soldiers who fought beside him and a lucid account of the horrors he faced.
Barry Heard’s quiet life on a remote Victorian farm was interrupted by ‘a very official letter in a brown envelope’ that turned up one day in 1964. He had been called up for National Service, or ‘Nasho’. A lucky brush with German measles kept him out of the army the first time around, but by February 1966 21-year-old Heard was off to the Puckapunyal army base. For a naïve country boy the army training was an adventure full of blokey bonhomie, but one that suddenly became very serious once he was stationed with a regular regiment, the 7RAR, that was about to be deployed in Vietnam. Heard’s recounting of his Vietnam tour is chilling. But it is the last third of the book that really hits home. In less than 100 pages, Heard describes 30 years of hell, a hell that was only recognised as chronic post-traumatic stress disorder when he suffered a massive breakdown in 1995. This book isn’t an easy read on a number of levels: not only the gruelling subject matter but also the rather distant tone can only hint at the enormous effort it took Heard to write all this down. Nonetheless, this is an important book on a still-hidden topic, and one that deserves a wide audience. Tim Coronel is AB&P’s editor C. 2005 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
"Very well written, clear in its descriptions, self-aware in its assessments and, surprisingly, not depressing to read. It is amazing that Barry Heard has been able to get all this traumatic material down so vividly, and to be able to interpret his experiences so convincingly." --"Quadrant"
|Publisher: ||Scribe Publications|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 13.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.34 kg)|