!!> Reading ➽ The Father of All Things ➶ Author Tom Bissell – Thegreatwallonline.us

The Father of All Things In April 1975, As Saigon Fell To The North Vietnamese Army, John Bissell, A Former Marine Officer Living In The Upper Peninsula Of Michigan, Was Glued To His Television Struggling To Save His Marriage, Raise His Sons, And Live With His Memories Of The War In Vietnam, Bissell Found Himself Racked With Anguish And Horror As His Country Abandoned A Cause For Which So Many Of His Friends Had Died.Opening With A Gripping Account Of The Chaotic And Brutal Last Month Of The War, The Father Of All Things Is Tom Bissell S Powerful Reckoning With The Vietnam War And Its Impact On His Father, His Country, And Vietnam Itself Through Him We Learn What It Was Like To Grow Up With A Gruff But Oddly Tender Veteran Father Who Would Wake His Children In The Middle Of The Night When The Memories Got Too Painful Bissell Also Explores The Many Debates About The War, From Whether It Was Winnable To Ho Chi Minh S Motivations To Why America S Leaders Lied So Often Above All, He Shows How The War Has Continued To Influence American Views On Foreign Policy Than Thirty Years Later.At The Heart Of This Book Is John And Tom Bissell S Unforgettable Journey Back To Vietnam As They Travel The Country And Talk To Vietnamese Veterans, We Relive The War As John Bissell Experienced It, Visit The Site Of His Near Fatal Wounding, And Hear Him Explain How Vietnam Shaped Him And So Many Of His Generation.This Is The First Major Book About The War By An Author Who Grew Up After The Fall Of Saigon It Is A Fascinating, All Too Relevant Work About The American Character And About War Itself It Is Also A Wise And Moving Book About Fathers, Sons, And The Universal Desire To Understand Who Our Parents Were Before They Became Our Parents.

!!> Reading ➽ The Father of All Things  ➶ Author Tom Bissell – Thegreatwallonline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 407 pages
  • The Father of All Things
  • Tom Bissell
  • English
  • 04 January 2018
  • 037542265X

10 thoughts on “The Father of All Things


  1. says:

    I learned a lotabout the history of the end of the Vietnam War than I knew before, but the book was oddly and I thought jarringly constructed The interweaving of very detailed history with personal story was not fully successful, especially in the first part of the book And the very final section brief personal testimonies from the children of Vietnam War vets, from both sides , which I found to be one of the most interesting parts of the book, was too short and, structurally speaking I learned a lotabout the history of the end of the Vietnam War than I knew before, but the book was oddly and I thought jarringly constructed The interweaving of very detailed history with personal story was not fully successful, especially in the first part of the book And the very final section brief personal testimonies from the children of Vietnam War vets, from both sides , which I found to be one of the most interesting parts of the book, was too ...


  2. says:

    If you are a history fan, you need to read this book Initially picked up because it was on sale, I was absolutely blown away i have attempted in the past to read books about the causes and effects of Vietnam, but they always were too dry This book tells the story of the war through the experience of a son and his veteran father ret...


  3. says:

    I just couldn t get through this one The author goes back and forth between the history of the end of the vietnam war and what he imagines the actons of his father to be at that time What I read of it was okay I realized picking it up to read it was starting to ...


  4. says:

    This book was a great disappointment to me The relationship between Vietnam veteran s and their children is a subject that is complex and densely emotionally charged full of pathos, tragedy and sometimes transcendence It is one well worth exploring This book was littlethan a miss ma...


  5. says:

    My wife and I are leaving for a 3 week trip to Vietnam tomorrow and this book was recommended to me by a friend of hers It was a mix of a memoir, travel guide, father son story and history of Vietnam framed around a trip the liberal author son takes with his dad a Marine Vietnam vet The father has been haunted by his experience there in 1965 which contributed to his drinking an divorce and the ...


  6. says:

    As part of Citizen Reader s Book Menage, I read Tom Bissell s The Father of All Things A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam Bissell addresses the first question I had about this book in the opening sentences of the book Do we really need yet another book on Vietnam Bissell says that he has grown up with the war because of how it changed and affected his father Although the book centers on a trip to Vietnam that Bissell takes with his father, it is also a book with rich analysis of t As part of Citizen Reader s Book Menage, I read Tom Bissell s The Father of All Things A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam Bissell addresses the first question I had about this book in the opening sentences of the book Do we really need yet another book on Vietnam Bissell says that he has grown up with the war because of how it changed and affected his father Although the book centers on a trip to Vietnam that Bissell takes with his father, it is also a book with rich analysis of the war.The analysis may be too much for some people He spends pages and pages going over certain periods like the evacuation of Saigon, the Tet offensive and the My Lai massacre I found that Bissell was remarkably even handed Although he leans left and his father constantly calls him my son, the communist, depsite Bissell having written about the dis...


  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book largely because I ll be going to Vietnam shortly Tom Bissell has an amazing writing style and knows how to improbably place some of the funnier one liners in his historical commentary His interpretation of seemingly unimportant facts can lead to some interesting insights Today Hanoi really DID have a Hilton called, naturally, the Hanoi Hilton What was strange was how little comment such ironies elicited from the Vietnamese themselves Hien, for instance, saw not I really enjoyed this book largely because I ll be going to Vietnam shortly Tom Bissell has an amazing writing style and knows how to improbably place some of the funnier one liners in his historical commentary His interpretation of seemingly unimportant facts can lead to some interesting insights Today H...


  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this book, in many ways The history of the war is deep and broad, and it is clear that the author spent a great deal of time researching the war, for reasons that are very personal I have a lot of respect for him, and for his father, for making the journey to Vietnam, and for asking themselves hard questions while they were doing it That being said, the author does not seem to have done much reading about Vietnamese culture, or about orientalism or racism He regularly makes I really enjoyed this book, in many ways The history of the war is deep and broad, and it is clear that the author spent a great deal of time researching the war, for reasons that are very personal I have a lot of respect for him, and for his father, for making the journey to Vietnam, and for asking themsel...


  9. says:

    Tom Bissell is a tremendous writer I first learned of his existence through his video games book Extra Lives More than anything, I was impressed by his ability to criticize a game s faults, reward its successes, and avoid hyperbole, demonization, and hagiography So I was very keen to see how he would approach the contentious topic of Vietnam.I am woefully ignorant about t...


  10. says:

    I ve read lots of Vietname books, both fiction and non fiction, and while this wasn t my favorite, it definitely belongs in the canon Of course, I m biased, since I spend lots of time kicking Tom s butt in video games, but he really does write beautifully, and his style blossoms in this book Tom also did an amount of research that would put any doctoral student to shame, and perhaps evenimpressive and I say this as someone who wrote a 500 page dissertation based primarily on secondary s I ve read lots of Vietname books, both fiction and non fiction, and while this wasn t my favorite, it definitely belongs in the canon Of course, I m biased, since I spend lots of time kicking Tom s butt in v...

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