Boots on the Ground : America's War in Vietnam
by Partridge, Elizabeth

Prologue (November 1968)1(10)
Vietnam: Military Advisor
Mike Horan
America: President and Commander in Chief
John F. Kennedy
America: President and Commander in Chief
Lyndon B. Johnson
Vietnam: Boots on the Ground
Gilbert de la O
America: Protestor
Martin Luther King Jr.
Vietnam: Machine Gunner
Henry Allen
America: President and Commander in Chief
Lyndon B. Johnson
Vietnam: Medic
Tom Kelley
America: President and Commander in Chief
Lyndon B. Johnson
America: President and Commander in Chief
Richard M. Nixon
Vietnam: Infantryman
Jan Scruggs
America: President and Commander in Chief
Richard M. Nixon
Vietnam: Green Beret
David Oshiro
America: Protest Singer
Country Joe McDonald
Vietnam: Nurse
Lily Lee Adams
America: President and Commander in Chief
Richard M. Nixon
America: President and Commander in Chief
Gerald R. Ford
Vietnam: Refugee
Hoathi Nguyen
America: Veteran
Jan Scruggs
America: Memorial Designer
Maya Lin
America: The National Salute to Vietnam Veterans
The Veterans
What Became of the Men and Women Interviewed for Boots on the Ground?
Source Notes202(4)

Shares perspectives on the Vietnam War from six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee.

Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor winner, and author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange;This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth; and Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

*Starred Review* This fascinating, comprehensive plunge into the Vietnam War finds its heart and soul in six rich, diverse interviews that Partridge conducted with veterans, each of whom recounts their experience with such effortlessness that it's as if they never left the war-and, in some ways, perhaps they haven't. Their stories are woven into a sweeping, chronological narrative of the war, which delivers the facts, nicely pitched for the age range, while taking significant looks at notable protesters, politicians, and presidents, whose beliefs and, at times, misguided patriotism dramatically affected America's involvement in the conflict. Partridge is highly conscious of diversity, bringing a wide scope of voices to the table-readers will hear from foot soldiers, refugees, medics, singers, Vietnam natives, and memorial creators-while constantly alternating the action between the American home front and what's happening on the ground in Vietnam. Partridge excels at interconnecting themes and illustrating connections between the global and the personal, and, along the way, lightly explores PTSD and the mental health effects Vietnam vets suffered, often in silence, after they returned home as scarred men and women. With an impressive amount of well-chosen photographs, this is a necessary, conscientious look at a factious time in American and world history. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

A personal, moving foray into the Vietnam War and its impact on the country and individuals whose lives it forever changed.Partridge (Dogtag Summer, 2011, etc.) takes readers on a chronological, multidimensional journey through the Vietnam War years via the personal stories of eight individuals: six American soldiers from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds, a biracial (Chinese- and Italian-American) nurse, and a Vietnamese refugee. Each segment moves readers forward in time and is interspersed with brief snapshots of what was happening at home, from glimpses of the American presidents' handling of the escalating crisis to the growing anti-war movement at home, viewed through the lens of leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and protest singer Country Joe McDonald. Of particular interest is the segment on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a collaboration between veterans, government officials, and its young Chinese-American designer, Maya Lin. Emphasizing the lasting emotiona l legacy of the war for those who served, even as the rest of the country seemed content to put it behind them, Partridge's narrative storytelling is incisive and masterfully woven together. A superb selection of photographs puts an indelible face on the individuals whose lives the war affected. A valuable complement to existing nonfiction about the Vietnam War for young people, adding an intimate dimension to the larger history. (bibliography, source notes, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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