The Father of All Things
A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of VietnamBook - 2007
"Opening with an account of the chaotic and brutal last month of the war, The Father of All Things is Tom Bissell's reckoning with the Vietnam War and its impact on his father, his country, and Vietnam itself. Through him we learn what it was like to grow up with a gruff but oddly tender veteran father who would wake his children in the middle of the night when the memories got too painful. Bissell also explores the many debates about the war, from whether it was winnable to Ho Chi Minh's motivations to why America's leaders lied so often. Above all, he shows how the war has continued to influence American views on foreign policy more than thirty years later." "At the heart of this book is John and Tom Bissell's journey back to Vietnam. As they travel the country and talk to Vietnamese veterans, we relive the war as John Bissell experienced it, visit the site of his near-fatal wounding, and hear him explain how Vietnam shaped him and so many of his generation." "This is the first major book about the war by an author who grew up after the fall of Saigon. It is a work about the American character - and about war itself. It is also a book about fathers, sons, and the universal desire to understand who our parents were before they became our parents."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2007.
Characteristics: xiii, 407 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.