Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future—until a cherished person from her past returns. Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences.
Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown—and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie. When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite—until a forty-five-year-old secret from the past begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love.
Martin's latest is another beautifully written winner. From a kaleidoscope of cultural forms—novels, memoirs, cemeteries, monuments, films, photography, museum exhibits, video games, souvenirs, and more— Nothing Ever Dies brings a comprehensive vision of the war into sharp focus. At stake are ethical questions about how the war should be remembered by participants that include not only Americans and Vietnamese but also Laotians, Cambodians, South Koreans, and Southeast Asian Americans.
Visiting sites across the United States, Southeast Asia, and Korea, Viet Thanh Nguyen provides penetrating interpretations of the way memories of the war help to enable future wars or struggle to prevent them. But then every battle is somewhat unique, with unique challenges, and while we should learn from our past so that we do not repeat the same mistakes, we should not treat every war the same.
Another argument for another day All in all, I appreciate Col. Jacobs sharing his story. This is, after all, his story and his book and whatever he chooses to write about is his prerogative. I highly agree with his sentiment that military service, or even service of any kind to our country, seems to be an afterthought these days and perhaps we as a nation should strive to make both military and national service a high priority.
Again, another argument for another day. The book is autobiographical and it is incredibly funny, touching and up-lifting — all at the same time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the type of person America and the U. I will be using the book as a source for many quotes. Just a terrific read!!
Nothing Ever Dies
Mar 09, Steve rated it it was amazing. He has many memorable quotes and observations. I highly recommend this book. Really reminds you of what we owe our country, and how much our leaders have let us down! Jacobs takes swipes along the way at almost the entire American culture, challenging us all to give pause before acting - but when action is required, then do so.
He has in some ways, 'seen it all. Jul 09, David Engel rated it liked it. Impressive coverage of author's Vietnam years, but bogs down a bit in the post war story. Dec 10, Will rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of historical military books. Shelves: non-fiction , vietnam-retro , military-action , adventure. Jack has two natural talents; he's very short at five-four and runs like the wind. His two tours in Vietnam seemed to bracket the public perception of the war: the Tet Offensive of and the end of US combat there in Throughout it all, Jack Jacobs, the spawn of Greek and Polish Jewish ancestry, remained the indefatigable and nonconformist rascal--ever searching and persevering for the way around the Army wanted him to go.
Interestingly, If Not Now, When?
Jacobs' time as an instructor turned out to be the turning point in his life based on sound advice and a love of his surroundings. As one of the very few professional military officers who reach the rank of Colonel what Jacobs liked to think of as one of the 'chosen' few to avoid an assignment to the Pentagon, Jacobs instead parlayed his West Point instructor time into a teaching slot at the National War College at Ft McNair, located at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
Of special note of his time there, Jacobs searched out the resigned and disavowed former President Richard Nixon to come for one magical day in the lives of all that got to listen to his views on America and politics. Surprisingly, Jacobs was able to transition to Wall Street with little to no background and make a success of himselfthe ultimate, adaptable chameleon. Although this book is non-fiction and clearly autobiographical, Jack Jacobs views life with enough humor, disdain and self-deprecation to easily be a good novel author. Fields of Fire portrayed the pure unadulterated terror of being a Marine in the Vietnamese 'bush' as well as any written work could.
DeMille's Up Country was an enjoyable excursion into the macabre world of postwar Vietnam. Jack Jacobs takes a totally different tack at the war I so thankfully missed by making it a defining point in his life, but not the turning point; that seemed to occur during his staff assignment at West Point after Vietnam.
Sacrifices: A Novel of the Vietnam War
I came away from If Not Now, When? This book is well worth the price of admission. Jack Jacobs won the Medal of Honor in Vietnam. The first pages deal with his early life. Then about 50 on Vietnam until he is injured. More personal stuff. About 30 on his return to Vietnam.
Then another on his later life. What's missing is what most people would be reading this for: details about his combat experience. Most of the other stuff I didn't care about. His combat stories for the most part were amazingly dull. He makes a great point about how all Vietnamese soldiers were lifers. The war never stops for them. It breaks my heart to think about all of those soldiers on both sides who went through such misery. He speaks about the horrors of night fighting.
More details please. I cannot imagine what that must have been like.
War and National Renewal: Civil Religion and Blood Sacrifice in American Culture
More people deserve a Medal of Honor than get one. It takes someone to see something and report it. He complains about the assumptions that civilians make that all soldiers suddenly become psychopaths. I agree. When the fall finally came, the North Vietnamese made one of the largest land assaults ever. But the South was by now being abandoned.
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He could sense the defeat in the ARVN officers. I admire his willingness to go back and be an adviser to the ARVN soldiers. May 16, Michael Hrycak rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Military leaders and decisionmakers. Hrycak US Army Retired.
This is a rare autobiography by a Medal of Honor Recipient. The background of Colonel Jacobs' education and U. Army career are interesting enough, and may inspire many of our younger readers' goals in life.