5 Points of Interest about the Book’s Content or Story
- Understand the Vietnam War backstory. Through Le Van Dat readers will develop an understanding of how a poor country like North Vietnam could persevere and ultimately win a war against the world’s largest superpower. Revealed is a historic and cultural backbone of a foe that would never give in and would fight with every available weapon to gain victory; a fact not considered or fully understood by America’s politicians.
- Who fought in Vietnam and why. The characters in NAM, The Story of a Generation present a conflicting and confusing rationale for why men fight in war and how different this rationale in combatants can be.
- How Vietnam changed war forever in America. The Vietnam Generation was the first to nationally resist, in great numbers, a war declared by the United States. It was a rejection of mindless war-making that changed the country forever, though Vietnam’s lessons are sometimes forgotten today.
- The shameful way Vietnam Veterans were treated upon their return is carefully examined in NAM, The Story of a Generation. Many of the problems and issues experienced by the characters in the book are retold from actual accounts. As the Vietnam Generation grew into middle-age, America’s treatment of all military combatants markedly improved as a direct result.
- Understand the Baby Boomers. Often called the “Me Generation”, Boomers are often tagged as the spoiled and entitled generation. Understanding this generation means getting inside their heads: how were they raised and who raised them; what were the expectations of the Greatest Generation on their children; were they cowards or patriots; who among them fought, and why?