Well Done, Those Men: memoirs of a Vietnam veteran

Awards:   Joint winner of State Library of Victoria Summer Read 2007 (Australia) Winner of National Year of Reading Our Story - Victoria 2012 (Australia)
Author:   Barry Heard
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9781921844942


Pages:   320
Publication Date:   25 July 2012
Format:   Hardback
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Well Done, Those Men: memoirs of a Vietnam veteran


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Awards

  • Joint winner of State Library of Victoria Summer Read 2007 (Australia)
  • Winner of National Year of Reading Our Story - Victoria 2012 (Australia)

Overview

Australian Vietnam vet Barry Heard draws on his own experiences as a young conscript, along with those of his comrades, to look back at life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. The result is a sympathetic vision of a group of young men who were sent off to war completely unprepared for the emotional and psychological impact it would have on them. It is also a vivid and searingly honest portrayal of the author's post-war, slow-motion breakdown, and how he dealt with it. Well Done, Those Men attempts to make sense of what Vietnam did to the soldiers who fought there. It deals with the comic absurdity of their military training and the horror of the war they fought, and is unforgettably moving in recounting what happened to Barry and his comrades when they returned home. As we now know, most Vietnam vets had to deal with a community that shunned them, and with their own depression, trauma, and guilt. Barry Heard's sensitive account of his long journey home from Vietnam is a tribute to his mates, and an inspiring story of a life reclaimed.

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Author:   Barry Heard
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 2.70cm , Length: 21.00cm
Weight:   0.478kg
ISBN:  

9781921844942


ISBN 10:   1921844949
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   25 July 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'This is a powerful, beautifully written book that should be read by everyone who wants to understand the evil, senseless personal damage done by war.' - Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald


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Barry Heard was conscripted in Australia's first national-service ballot, and served in Vietnam as an infantryman and radio operator. After completing his national service, he returned home, where he found himself unable to settle down. He had ten different jobs in his first ten years back, worked as a teacher for a further ten years, and then held several mid-managerial posts before succumbing to a devastating breakdown due to severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Since recovering, Barry has decided to concentrate on his writing. His short stories have received several prizes, including the Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Award and the Sir Weary Dunlop Prize. Barry's books include the bestselling memoir Well Done, Those Men, its prequel, The View from Connor's Hill, and the World War I novel Tag. He lives with his family in rural Victoria.

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