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Steinbeck in Vietnam : dispatches from the war

Author: John Steinbeck; Thomas E Barden
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday. Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old  Read more...
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Named Person: John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck; John Steinbeck
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Steinbeck; Thomas E Barden
ISBN: 9780813932576 0813932572 9780813934037 0813934036
OCLC Number: 739913957
Description: xxiii, 190 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The dispatches --
Afterword --
Notes of the dispatches.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: [John Steinbeck] ; edited by Thomas E. Barden.

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Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday. Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to Newsday publisher Harry F. Guggenheim's deceased wife. His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course. As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse. Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career. -- Jacket.

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These dispatches are really the last work that Steinbeck published, and they are intensely interesting pieces of writing. Their vividness alone makes them worth reading. The letters are Read more...

 
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