Tour of Duty

Tour of Duty

John Kerry and the Vietnam War

Large Print - 2004
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Covering more than four decades, Tour of Duty is the definitive account of Senator John Kerry's journey from war to peace. Written by Douglas Brinkley, this is the first full-scale account of Kerry's Navy career.

Throughout the book, Brinkley deals with such explosive issues as U.S. atrocities in Vietnam and the bombing of Cambodia.

And in a series of unforgettable combat-action sequences, Brinkley recounts how Kerry won the Purple Heart three times and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Navy's Silver Star for gallantry in action.

When Kerry returned from Southeast Asia, he joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), becoming a prominent antiwar spokesperson. Working with Senator John McCain, he returned to Vietnam numerous times looking for MIAs and POWs. By 1992, Kerry was the leading proponent of "normalization" of relations with Vietnam. When President Clinton officially recognized Vietnam in 1995, Kerry's three-decade-long tour of duty had at long last finally ended.

Publisher: New York : HarperLargePrint, 2004.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780060589769
Characteristics: 950 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 15, 2016

Not sure about this character study on Kerry, although interesting item on Armistead Maupin (funny, you get really bad feelings about people such as Maupin and Howard Dean, and then are entirely proven right!): John Forbes Dudley Winthrop Kerry, who summered growing up at the Forbes family estate in France, didn't really push hard enough to establish the connections to the White House and BCCI during President Geo. H.W. Bush's time - - he once claimed American corporations were Benedict Arnolds for offshoring jobs, then immediately shut up about it??? - - Kerry did get those sailors back real quickly from Iran, but then Kerry's son-in-law's uncle just happens to be the Iranian foreign minister [who came to the wedding of Kerry's daughter, because his son was the best man to the groom].
Definitely Kerry really served in combat and earned his medals [in a questionable war, of course], could never figure out why McCain was awarded any: for bombing his own aircraft carrier? For piloting while drunk and losing three jets? For lasting less than 24 hours in combat, before being shot down and captured? Or because his daddy was the cover-up specialist for the attack on the USS Liberty?

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