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Walking Point : From the Ashes of the Vietnam War
by Perry A. Ulander


Overview - In this intimate memoir, Perry A. Ulander chronicles with powerful clarity the bewildering predicament he confronted and the fellowship and guidance that transformed him during the year he served as an American GI in the jungles of Vietnam. Conveying with unadorned precision the harrowing experiences that shatter his core beliefs, Ulander also captures the camaraderie and humor of his platoon, the hostility between "lifers" and draftees, the physical hardships of reconnaissance missions, and the unrelenting apprehension underlying everyday life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this intimate memoir, Perry A. Ulander chronicles with powerful clarity the bewildering predicament he confronted and the fellowship and guidance that transformed him during the year he served as an American GI in the jungles of Vietnam. Conveying with unadorned precision the harrowing experiences that shatter his core beliefs, Ulander also captures the camaraderie and humor of his platoon, the hostility between "lifers" and draftees, the physical hardships of reconnaissance missions, and the unrelenting apprehension underlying everyday life. Ultimately, he describes the surrendering of social norms and accepted identities that allows him to glimpse a previously unimagined realm of heightened awareness.
Written after a lifetime of reflection on the nature of war and the effect of violence and domination on the minds and spirits of those forced to practice it, Walking Point offers a powerful narrative for readers with an interest in the effects of war and violence, American involvement in Vietnam, PTSD, and how trauma can be a catalyst for spiritual transformation. Giving voice to profound insights gained through extreme adversity, Ulander movingly captures the depth of trust and commitment among a group of unwitting warriors who struggle to stay alive and sane in unchartered territory.
Contents
CHAPTER 1: Into the Unknown
CHAPTER 2: The Magic Poncho Liner
CHAPTER 3: Initiation
CHAPTER 4: Head On
CHAPTER 5: The Valley of the Shadow
CHAPTER 6: Into the Light
CHAPTER 7: Short Time
CHAPTER 8: No Time
CHAPTER 9: Home"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781623170127
  • ISBN-10: 1623170125
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Military
Books > History > Military - Vietnam War

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Countless memoirs by Vietnam veterans have appeared since the early 1970s, but few noteworthy personal Vietnam accounts have been published in the 21st century—a situation that Ulander rectifies with his first book. This is a captivating, introspective, enlightening look at the author’s nerve-racking one-year tour of duty (1969–1970) with the 173rd Airborne as a drafted Army infantryman. The narrative adheres to the standard war memoir structure: a chronological personal recounting, beginning with basic training, concentrating on what happened in the war zone, and ending with his return home. Ulander makes that format seem new and original at virtually every step—especially his evocations of the many months he spent slogging through the jungle. The main themes include Ulander’s conquest of the physical and emotional burdens of fighting in that war, his and his fellow grunts’ use of marijuana to cope, and the young draftee troops’ bitter resentment of gung-ho lifer officers who often endangered the men’s lives—callously and unnecessarily—and otherwise made their tour unnecessarily miserable. Ulander’s fine memoir should take a place among the best works in the Vietnam War autobiographical canon. (May)

 
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