Did this book change your views on the Vietnam war?

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justjim wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 07:51
While I didn't go to Vietnam, I have friends that were in the service and the stories they tell are impossible to believe. Books like Deadly Waters always surprise me with facts that match the stories from my friends.
As a kid before, I thought, war stories were just a sort of entertainment for kids. When I am old enough to understand, how devastating it was for the families of the war. Deadly Waters reminds the new generation about war heroes which needs justice, not just merely for the soldiers, but to families that were still alive.

The sad truth: war heroes are almost forgotten, they are sometimes remembered when war strikes again. I'm glad I came across with this book. I learned new things, especially Agent Orange.
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This book did not change my views because I knew practically nothing about it.

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Yes in a lot of ways especially of the coast guards or they in lite of the marines that fight the war from the seas standpoint
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AntoineOMEGA wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 21:20
This book did not change my views because I knew practically nothing about it.
:drool: :lol: I can relate with you beccause I don't care about war before, but with a constant reading on books related to war (war history), information is a great help. :tiphat:
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Whew, where to start?!

For one, I was disgusted by what our very own country's servicemen and women have to face when they've followed orders to the T, only to have to come home and be treated second-class again.
The realities that "no one wins a war". I was emotional because I didn't want to feel any victory when the "enemy" mission was a "success" - there's no success when innocent lives are obliterated, livelihoods were impacted that never recovered. I sympathized with any solider who went AWOL. Enlisted or not, I know I wouldn't have the courage it took to fo what even half of those involved did.

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I haven't read the book yet but having someone serving the military and a country which has conflict ones in a while. I know a two or three on wars. But none on the Vietnamese war

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I would not say that it changed my views because I honestly didn't know very much about the war before reading the book. It definitely made me more aware of the details of what the servicemen experienced, and I felt like I learned so much. I had no clue what Agent Orange was, and it made me so angry to think of how the vets have been mistreated after sacrificing so much to serve their country. I'm thankful for the chance to read the book and become more knowledgeable about all of it, though!

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AntoineOMEGA wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 21:20
This book did not change my views because I knew practically nothing about it.
Same here! But I did think it was a great opportunity to learn so much that I didn't know, and I thought the author did a great job of describing the war and its aftermath.

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History will tell a different story about war when we have learned to avoid it. The war should be waged against the leaders not the young men of the country.

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No, it didnt change my views. I believe war can be averted if both sides are willing to work together for peace sake.

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The Vietnam War was useless to an extent. The only thing it caused is thousands of deaths and a whole generation who had to serve in Vietnam

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Herbstlicht wrote:
15 Nov 2019, 05:21
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14 Nov 2019, 13:18
No, this book has not changed my mind about the Vietnam war at all. It was indeed, a travesty. I thought so then, and I still do.
Dito. I well understand why people mark it as "the loss of the American innocence "
Agreed. The minds of the people were forever altered by the shadiness and manipulation behind the war, and we still feel the effects of that disillusionment today.

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This book doesn't have any effect on how I see Vietnam war. Nothing good comes out of war: loss of lives, property, and means of livelihood
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This book doesn't have any effect on how I see Vietnam war. Nothing good comes out of war: loss of lives, property, and means of livelihood.
Feeling upset sometimes may be unavoidable, but acting distressed is always optional.

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I agree it causes destruction. Although I didn't know the details of it but after reading it I'm more aware.
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