Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

by Elizabeth Partridge

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★ "Partridge proves once again that nonfiction can be every bit as dramatic as the best fiction."*

America's war in Vietnam.
In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad.

The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it's the personal stories of eight people—six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee—that create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans' struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam.

With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge's unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.

*Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Marching for Freedom 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425291788
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 350,846
File size: 109 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor winner, and author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange;This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth; and Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Table of Contents

Prologue (November 1068) 1

Vietnam: Military Advisor Mike Horan (May 1962-June 1963) 11

America: President and Commander in Chief John F. Kennedy (November 1963) 23

America: President and Commander in Chief Lyndon B. Johnson (August 1964-December 1965) 29

Vietnam: Boots on the Ground Gilbert de la O (October 1965-September 1966) 37

America: Protestor Martin Luther King Jr. (January 1967-October 1967) 51

Vietnam: Machine Gunner Henry Allen (April 1967-May 1968) 57

America: President and Commander in Chief Lyndon B. Johnson (October 1967-February 1968) 71

Vietnam: Medic Tom Kelley (December 1967-December 1968) 77

America: President and Commander in Chief Lyndon B. Johnson (March 1968-December 1968) 89

America: President and Commander in Chief Richard M. Nixon (January 1969) 93

Vietnam: Infantryman Jan Scruggs (April 1969-April 1970) 97

America: President and Commander in Chief Richard M. Nixon (February 1969-June 1969) 109

Vietnam: Green Beret David Oshiro (May 1969-May 1970) 115

America: Protest Singer Country Joe McDonald (August 1969-March 1970) 127

Vietnam: Nurse Lily Lee Adams (October 1969-October 1970) 135

America: President and Commander in Chief Richard M. Nixon (October 1969-August 1974) 147

America: President and Commander in Chief Gerald R. Ford (March 1975-April 1975) 155

Vietnam: Refugee Hoa thi Nguyen (March 1975-April 1975) 159

America: Veteran Jan Scruggs (April 1975-March 1979) 171

America: Memorial Designer Maya Lin (October 1980-July 1982) 179

America: The National Salute to Vietnam Veterans The Veterans (November 10-14, l982) 187

Epilogue 195

What Became of the Men and Women Interviewed for Boots on the Ground? 198

Acknowledgments 200

Source Notes 202

Bibliography 206

Index 211

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