Below is a small sampling of reviews –
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2023
Well done. Accounts of a wide range of soldiers, sailors, etc. with their personal accounts of entering the service, their time in Vietnam and what happened afterward. Good information of how different the war was depending on individual placements and the time frame of the war itself.
I read somewhere that you can’t place too much reliance on the memories of the participants in war. As a veteran myself I’ve always thought that the statement is utter rubbish. My first war was 40 years ago and I can still remember it extremely well. The history passed on by the contributors in this series of books is priceless. These are the memories of those who were really there – not in the rear but right up at the spear point. Histories from the perspective of the top brass do have their place but they can never convey what it’s like at the front, what it was like to be hungry, cold and at times downright terrified, begging God to watch over you because you don’t want to die. Been there, done that. You want a real Vietnam history, these books are a great place to start.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling! Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020
The idea behind this series is simple: telling stories of the Vietnam War not through discussions of the famous leaders, or of strategy or tactics, but through the words of different people who served. It covers many of the themes familiar to students of the Vietnam War. The general disdain for the tactics imposed from above by the so-called best and brightest. The soldiers still ill or injured as a result of their service. The failure of Americans to welcome the veterans home after their service.
This volume has a somewhat different feel than the first two. Many if not most of the veterans interviewed were officers, usually graduates from West Point. These were not people who came of age at the wrong time, but people who had chosen with eyes open to serve and lead in the military. This volume also seems to have more of a focus on stories of combat, which often highlights the role of luck in all of these tales: how the wrong place, wrong time, or wrong side of a hill is often the difference between capture and escape, literally between life or death.
The author does a great job of letting the voice of each individual veteran shine through. There are the thankful and the angry. There’s one who sounds like Kevin Kline in the movie A Fish Called Wanda yelling “We didn’t lose Vietnam! It was a tie!” This volume is another compelling, fascinating read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book. Certainly another of Bill Brown’s must reads. Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
I am a US Navy Vietnam Veteran and have read Bill Brown’s “Our Vietnam Wars” volumes 1, 2, & 3. All are outstanding books. What I like most about them all is that they tell the personal stories of individual vets whole life, from their lives before they went into the service, their service, and their lives after they came back. Not many books I have ever read about the war did that, and certainly not any covered the volume of Vietnam Veterans’ stories that Bill’s books do. In addition to all that, no book that I have ever read has Vietnam Veterans from all branches of services that his books do, not to mention from every single year that the war was fought. The Vietnam Veterans stories in his books cover every single aspect of the war seen through the veterans own eyes. The Veterans stories instill both laughter and sorrow. Not only are their stories captivating, they are also informative and educational. So I strongly recommend that you not only read his volume 3, but also his volume 1 & 2, and when there is fourth, that one as well. All his books are outstanding, and I would give them all six stars if I could.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Tribute Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2019
Thank you to the author and ALL Vietnam Veterans who have contributed their service experiences to volumes 1 through 3! I’m looking forward to volume 4. I’m also grateful that so many officers provided input to this volume to add insight to their perspectives. Having finished volume 3 on Veterans Day, seemed a just tribute to ALL the officers and enlisted men who were charged to prosecute the Vietnam War. The ONLY folks who should bear the brunt of criticism in the prosecution of the War, are the inept politicians and government advisors! Thanks to ALL the contributors and veterans who served in Vietnam! An excellent read!
All books can be found on Amazon and are available in Paperback, Hardback, Audible, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited formats. All of my thriller novels are available in English, German, Spanish, Italian and soon in French editions. However, my non-fiction Vietnam books are only available in English.