At the time, bookstores were not the mega shops they became just before the launch of e-readers and locating a copy was difficult because it was no longer a new hardcover release. The more I read, the more mixed up my emotions became. My father served two rotations in Vietnam. We need to learn to drop the idea that all we are told is the truth and scrutinize our leaders more closely. Vietnam Veteran's condolences left to their comrades reflect aspects of the Vietnam war that I found both informative and heartrendingly painful to read. It was stated that he was always chipper and knew how to make people happy just by his presence.
Shrapnel in the Heart is in its own way as awesome a memorial as the wall. Shrapnel in the Heart is a very emotional book. This book is well worth the price. From the Trade Paperback edition. She lives in New York City. I was incredibly critical of everyone involved, maybe more so than I should have been.
The book is a series of letters and their corresponding stories that tell of the terrors of war and the senseless death of good people who leave behind relentless sorrow and tremendous loss to the people who loved them. At the time, bookstores were not the mega shops they became just before the launch of e-readers and locating a copy was difficult because it was no longer a new hardcover release. My father had built me a playhouse and rope swing in our back yard, so I spent all of my time out in it, regardless of the weather, making it my own and sharing it with the other kids on the block. This book contains many actual letters left at the monument, and along with each letter is the story of the fallen hero the letter was addressed to and the person still grieving for them today. Thanks Ms Palmer for this great and timely book of truth.
In this memoir they share with you everlasting moments they have held on for so long to give you a sense of direction onto a bittersweet path. I appreciated my family more after. Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by: Laura Palmer is an inspiring memoir. It's so moving, and each entry hit me in a way I did not expect it to. If you ever valued the boy next door, your son , or daughter you will want this book as a bed side companion to re-read again and again. You can truly feel the sorrow and consequences the Vietn Even if you don't affiliate yourself as patriotic, this book is definitely a tearjerker.
Vietnam Veteran's condolences left to their comrades reflect aspects of the Vietnam war that I found both informative and heartrendingly painful to read. . The book does and exceptionally good job of portraying the heartbreak and sadness of the families that lost loved ones in the Vietnam War. But the seriousness of the premise is not to be ignored or missed based only off of the lack of a feel good ending. You have moms writing about the impending doom they felt when they said goodbye to their sons, sisters talking about never growing old with their brothers, veterans and a nurse talking about holding comrades as they took their last breaths, and children talking about the fathers the knew for only a short time.
To damn up my tears , it would have been like holding back a hurricane because of the imagery in this book. I was a young adult when I read a review of this book, quite by accident. The era is more appropriate and easier to comprehend when reading it. Since its dedication in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become the embodiment of America's pain, grief and healing in the wake of our least popular war. Thousands of letters and messages have been left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall since its dedication in 1982, many preserved by the National Park Service as part of a planned museum collection. I teared up much more than I could have thought diving into this book. The book will be relevent for time immortal.
If you have any connections to the Viet Nam era, a must read. The resulting book combines the messages with the comments of those who wrote them, and one would have to look far to find a work that stirs deeper emotions. The importance of this book is to never forget and carry memories of a lost one as strong as yesterday for tomorrow, next week, next month, and years to come. I have bought many copies of Shrapnel in the Heart over the years for my students and for friends. I spent a lot of the time while reading either being mad at the government or crying. Fathers seemed to be less frequent in leaving letters for their children.
For the first time, one book gives voice to the haunting, painful, tender, and healing tales of those who lost so much in America's least popular war. There's no abundance of craft in this book, it is simple a documentation of the reverberations of pain left behind at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For the Veterans of the war, their homecoming was less than desirable — many of the Veterans were shunned, if not worse, by people they once considered friends. Herb, I knew you at Lackland, I hope you have found peace. It made me reevaluate my own per There's no abundance of craft in this book, it is simple a documentation of the reverberations of pain left behind at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It's so moving, and each entry hit me in a way I did not expect it to.