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My Detachment: A Memoir

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My Detachment is a war story like none you have ever read before, an unromanticized portrait of a young man coming of age in the controversial war that defined a generation. In an astonishingly honest, comic, and moving account of his tour of duty in Vietnam, master storyteller Tracy Kidder writes for the first time about himself. This extraordinary memoir is destined to become a classic.

Kidder was an ROTC intelligence officer, just months out of college and expecting a stateside assignment, when his orders arrived for Vietnam. There, lovesick, anxious, and melancholic, he tried to assume command of his detachment, a ragtag band of eight more-or-less ungovernable men charged with reporting on enemy radio locations.

He eventually learned not only to lead them but to laugh and drink with them as they shared the boredom, pointlessness, and fear of war. Together, they sought a ghostly enemy, homing in on radio transmissions and funneling intelligence gathered by others. Kidder realized that he would spend his time in Vietnam listening in on battle but never actually experiencing it.

With remarkable clarity and with great detachment, Kidder looks back at himself from across three and a half decades, confessing how, as a young lieutenant, he sought to borrow from the tragedy around him and to imagine himself a romantic hero. Unrelentingly honest, rueful, and revealing, My Detachment gives us war without heroism, while preserving those rare moments of redeeming grace in the midst of lunacy and danger. The officers and men of My Detachment are not the sort of people who appear in war movies–they are the ones who appear only in war, and they are unforgettable.

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Synopsis:

The award-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains reminisces about his own life, in a unromanticized profile of a young man coming of age during the Vietnam War, chronicling his experiences as a former ROTC intelligence officer in command of a motley group of enlisted men on assignment in Vietnam. 55,000 first printing.

About the Author

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

Table of Contents

War stories — The Tabor's sound — Brave lieutenants — Pancho — Getting hit — Secret code word — R & R — Operations — Cassius — The death of Lieutenant Dempsey — Short — A visitor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588364586
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Kidder, Tracy
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Military
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Military
Subject:
History : Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
History : Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Personal narratives, american
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Subject:
Biography-Military
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050906
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
192

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Military
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War

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Product details 192 pages Random House - English 9781588364586 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The award-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains reminisces about his own life, in a unromanticized profile of a young man coming of age during the Vietnam War, chronicling his experiences as a former ROTC intelligence officer in command of a motley group of enlisted men on assignment in Vietnam. 55,000 first printing.
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