863 – Historian James Wright pens book about Vietnam Vet treatment

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Historian James Wright will be visiting the Buena Vista Branch Library April 6 to talk about his upcoming book, “Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War.”

Well known historian James Wright has written a new book that deals with understanding what Vietnam veterans have gone through. The title of the book is “Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War” and is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2017. The book and its author was featured in a story in The Los Angeles Times titled: Book explores treatment of Vietnam War veterans that was submitted by Anthony Clark Carpio.

Wright’s background provides him with a great deal of preparation to write such a book. He is a former US Marine who worked his way through college doing such jobs as a night watchman, janitor, bartender and powder man in a zinc mine. He earned a bachelor, a master’s and a doctorate degree in history.  He is President Emeritus of Dartmouth College. For many years Wright maintained an interest in American soldiers who have fought in various and the treatment they received from the public as a result of their service to their country.

In 2012, he published a book titled “Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them” that dealt with the subject in detail. That book led Wright to wanting to know more specifically about the effects the Vietnam War had on the Americans who fought in it and how they were treated when they came back to the states. After years of research and interviewing Vietnam Veterans and in many cases their families he was ready to document his findings in his latest book.

Wright said: “Most people did not encounter hostility when they came home, but they encountered more of an embarrassed indifference. People really didn’t want to talk to them about it. I remember one person told me that their dad, who fought at Iwo Jima, never once asked him about the war.”

Wright’s new book will shed new light on the subject that has hung around Vietnam Veterans and the American people for fifty years.

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