Bring the War Home!
Barry S. Willdorf
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Bring the War Home!

Barry S. Willdorf
A Gauche Press
275 pages
October 2001
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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This 277-page glimpse at the Vietnam War has at its core the vantage point of taking place after the conflict has ended. Here, the author, though never a participant himself, lays out the problems and obstacles that confronted returning vets in the wake of their coming home.

A trial lawyer, author Willdorf describes, through his own experiences, the mistreatment and unfair handling of the soldiers following their rotation back into the "world". There is a sense of impending human peril and emotional upheaval as the writer describes the events leading up to alter-ego attorney Eric Wolf's defense of a solider accused of various post-war crimes.

The writing embodies a simple and unadulterated vocabulary and an in-your-face sort of realism that draws the reader inside. For those intrigued with the veteran fighter and the war he waged after coming home, this book may hold your interest.

In the background, a love story curls its tentacles around the plot and at times reveals a protagonist seemingly more interested in defending a soldier than in the holy virtue of his own marriage.

This is an engaging look at the men who fought wars and the radicals who fought against them; it brings back a time when the stigma of being a Vietnam vet held no glory and it was incumbent upon people like Willdorf to outline the interaction between the Black Panthers, the police, the Yippies, the Hippies, and a generation of young people who had no true visualization of the indignities sufferered by these amazingly brave and patriotic souls.

A ride back to the '60s is here provided for those of you looking for another view of that turbulent and transforming-era. This book may be the trip you've been looking for.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2004

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