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OT: Kerry's 'New Soldier'
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Willytex
2004-08-24 17:23:17 UTC
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Kerry's 'New Soldier'

"We were sent to Vietnam to kill Communism. But we found
instead that we were killing women and children." - John F.
Kerry

Source:

'New Soldier'
by John Kerry, David Thorne
Simon & Schuster, October 1, 1971
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"The other reviewers are probably right about copies being
bought up rapidly. No wonder. The cover alone was an outrage."
- Steven Cain

"This is a fairytale picturebook written by a bunch of
unhappy Viet Nam vets with nothing but distain and hatred
for their own country."
- T. A. D'Arc

"Kerry's comments in the epilogue of this book, in which he
refuses to "march on Veteran's Day," "We will not join the
American Legion," etc., are likewise a slap in the face of
American servicemen, whom he accused of committing horrible
atrocities on a "daily basis," although he nor anyone else
ever produced any evidence or affidavits in support of such
accusations. Now, of course, the "war protester" proudly
displays the medals he threw in the trash, on his wall."
- Joseph H Pierre

"The costumes, the posturing, the "antiwar movement" that
communicated with and supported the enemy, were all part of
those times but luckily, not for long afterward. Kerry's
"New Soldiers" were a combination of the forgotten veterans
looking for attention from any direction they could get it
and non-veteran poseurs with fantastic and silly war
stories. Unfortunately for Mr. Kerry, those chickens have
come home to roost and what seemed like his best chance for
fame now seems like an embarassing combination of walter
mittyism and a betrayal of the ideals all of the rest of the
Vietnam veterans fought for."
- Forrest R. Lindsey

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The 'New Soldier'

Also available at many Public Libraries

http://thenewsoldierbook.com/
Judy Stein
2004-08-25 01:41:19 UTC
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Kerry's 'New Soldier'
To Kerry Defenders and Offenders, February 11, 2004
Reviewer: "claudia51"
I haven't read the book. I would like to read the book. I will look in
the library for it. With that said, as I read the reviews listed on
this site, only one person actually alluded to the fact that he or she
read it him or herself. The defenders of the book spent their time
complaining about those who hated the book and Kerry when they should
have been explaining why this book should be read and what it has to
say. Did they not read it either? Was it well written despite being
full of lies? Was it a lousy read but full of truth and worth the
crappy writing anyway? You really should read "review guidelines"
before submitting your comments.
I gave it 3 stars to be neutral. When I find it and read it I'll give
it an honest review. Thank you.

An interesting book..., June 8, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
This book is a photo-documentary of a 1971 anti-war protest. It's not
about Bush, and it's not about Kerry, and it has nothing to do with
the 2004 presidential election. The photos are of the Vietnam Veterans
Against the War in their March against Washington in April, 1971. The
text is a hodgepoge which includes much of Kerry's address to the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a description of the activities of
VVAW during the protest, and the reminiscences of 20-30 Vietnam Vets.
The book's important from an historical point of view. It's a genuine
flashback to 1971. Most of America was thoroughly disgusted by Vietnam
by 1971, and demonstrations took place in Washington, DC on a regular
basis - most of them far larger than this one, but few more poignant.
The stories these guys tell are frightening but - at the same time -
they make you believe in human beings. And you can't help hoping that
if you'd been as unfortunate as they were and had been sent to Vietnam
in your late teens or early 20s, you too might have come home
determined to tell the truth.

View this book within its historical context, March 24, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
I don't understand people relating the politics of 30 years ago to the
happenings today, whether you are lean left or right. The world is
different now and the old rules don't apply. I also don't understand
the bickering and defensiveness each side takes against the other.
This is a fabulous book written out of emotion and passion during an
age of change. It's not a dime store novel or some overglorified
memoirs of a veteran that romanticizes war. It deals with the human,
social and ethical strugles our country and our soldiers dealt with.

Mr. Kerry's viepoints are neither right nor wrong. This is not
anti-American. America is supposed to be a progressive country about
new ideas and change. Change only comes about by people voicing their
mind. What makes us humans, and most vulnerable to attack, is when we
voice our heart as Mr. Kerry does here.

This is a fine book to read to begin to understand the opposition to
the war within the ranks of the U.S. military. Forest Gump wasn't the
real deal folks. The best way to take this book is to try and
understand why and where John Kerry was coming from so you can respect
his opinion, which is as valid as any on the right, whether or not you
agree with it. This what America and the human race is about. This is
how we resolve conflicts. Mutual respect and mediation, not heavy
handed tyranical rants about John Kerry being un-American.

The flag on the cover is symbolic of a what was viewed as a policy
inconsistent and opposite of America value system and ideals. It is
not meant to be disrespectful, shocking or anti-American.

America the Beautiful, March 1, 2004
Reviewer: Tom Harrisson
A magnificent photo essay of when 1500 Vietnam Veterans came to
Washington DC, and in a peaceful and moving demonstration turned
America around and stopped a war. A moving tribute to democracy in
action. It is a reminder to a new generation of what patriotism is all
about -- not mindless flag-waving follow-the-leader patriotism, but
patriotism that loves America so that it struggles to bring her back
to
her basic values.
This book is excellent!

Who has read this book?, February 23, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
This book was published in 1971 and the earliest review is less than a
month old. Are you sure this is just not a political forum about a
book you have never read? Maybe if you listened to talk radio a little
less, you could find something productive to do.
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