Synopses & Reviews
As a new generation comes of age, Home to War presents a vivid portrait of American soldiers who faced rejection by the nation in whose name they fought, and virtual abandonment by the government that sent them to risk their lives. In spite of formidable obstacles, these young Vietnam veterans joined together and committed themselves to heroic battles on the home front, from their unsung role in the antiwar movement to their unflagging campaign for medical help and compensation. There is Jan Barry, a disillusioned former West Point cadet who founded Vietnam Veterans Against the War, an organization that would become a beacon of hope for returning vets; Al Hubbard, a charismatic former Black Panther who led thousands of angry veterans to the steps of the Capitol to protest the war and the government's shabby treatment of its veterans; Ron Kovic, whose outrageous-and courageous-stunts, uncensored comments, and provocative politics drew needed attention to the cause; and many others whose inspiring struggles served themselves, their fellow soldiers, and their country. Encompassing some thirty years of activism, readjustment, and healing, Home to War is a fitting tribute to the unbreakable courage, idealism, and decades-long endurance of this generation of American soldiers.
Based on more than 500 interviews and 12 years of research, here is the epic narrative history that chronicles, for the first time, what happened to America's Vietnam veterans when they returned home to fight a different kind of war.
A Los Angeles Times
Best Books of the Year Selection
A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
An epic narrative that chronicles the experience of America’s Vietnam veterans.
About the Author
Gerald Nicosia is the author of the award-winning Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac. A native of Chicago, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two children.