...and a hard rain fell (20th Anniversary Edition)

...and a hard rain fell (20th Anniversary Edition)

by John Ketwig


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A classic, must-read Vietnam war memoir

The classic Vietnam war memoir, ...and a hard rain fell is the unforgettable story of a veteran's rage and the unflinching portrait of a young soldier's odyssey from the roads of upstate New York to the jungles of Vietnam. Updated for its 20th anniversary with a new afterword on the Iraq War and its parallels to Vietnam, John Ketwig's message is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago.

"A magnetic, bloody, moving, and worm's-eye view of soldiering in Vietnam, an account that is from the first page to last a wound that can never heal. A searing gift to his country."—Kirkus Reviews

"Solidly effective. He describes with ingenuous energy and authentic language that time and place."—Library Journal

"Perhaps as evocative of that awful time in Vietnam as the great fictions...a wild surreal account, at its best as powerful as Celine's darkling writing of World War One."—Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402210358
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 274,609
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John Ketwig was sent to Vietnam in September 1967 and completed his tour a year later. His account was originally published in 1985 to tremendous acclaim. John currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Carolynn.

Table of Contents


I. The Draft, the Decisions, and The Nam
II. Thailand and The World
III. The Aftermath

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...and a Hard Rain Fell 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found the book hard to read, seems like a lot of fiction and exaggeration. I spent almost 2 years in Vietnam (The Nam never heard that term before) May be it had to do with being drunk or stoned that such wild stories are told. Sorry it did not fit my time in Vietnam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An indifferent high school student with no higher aspirations, who enlisted in the Army only to avoid being drafted. No wonder he hated it! And, no wonder this book is a "staple" in campus Vietnam courses; it's anti-military theme is evident from the first page to the last. "I'll never wear a uniform again..."; indeed.I recommend "A Rumor of War" by Philip Caputo, a college literature major, for a less prejudical look at the Vietnam war from the eyes of a "grunt".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the author is a skilled writer, his portrayal of his time in Nam was horrible. The rear echelon drunk and stoned do-nothing demeans the Americans who went and did their duty. He tend to exaggerate the dissatisfaction of the military, particularly for the 67 - 68 time period. Had this been my experiences, I would have shut up and never published this garbage. Probably the worst book I've ever read on the Vietnam War.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting from start to finish, I couldn't put it down until I had finished . Feels very honest and offers a glimpse as to what Vietnam was like for the expendable draftees of war. I highly recommend it !
Taureau More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, all throughout his book this guy rant and raved about our American leaders at how we screwed everyone militarily. I struggled to complete the book because I purchased it thinking it was a great deal. His book would have been enjoyable if it wasn't for all his complaining about our government. He praised Jane Fonda and the was protestors. This guy should have never returned to America, he should have stayed at one of these third world countries. I'm really disappointed in John Ketwig's "documentary." I will NEVER purchase another one of his books nor will I recommend it to anyone. Very disappointing.
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