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After the Storm:
A Vietnam Veteran's Reflections

(Hellgate Memories Series)
by Paul Drew
Paperback (1999)

The Vietnam War betrayed a generation of Americans who fought the war in the trenches and in the protest rallies and homecomings. Drew tightly captures it all and beautifully sums up for those of that doomed generation: 'We, the people, must never let that happen again.' A powerful and important book. A must-read to understand what went wrong during a very bad war. - Col. David Hackworth USA, Retired
Book Description
As a 19 year-old draftee, Paul Drew could never have predicted the impact that combat and the underlying mood of the nation would have on himself and his fellow soldiers. These were soldiers who fought not directly for their families, homes, or to enhance their professional military careers, but principally to just get back home.
Thirty-five years later, the social stigma still stings for most Vietnam vets, "they were drug-addicted baby killers -- drones behind a war that was an embarrassing mistake and failure."
After the Storm is not Drew's diary from combat, but honest observations about his generation, the career politicians and those responsible for the conduct of the war, and the events that laid the groundwork for the state of the nation today -- a nation that still has yet to learn to hate war but respect its warriors.
Drew examines the strategy and the policy that unfolded. The arrogance of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara who in his self-proclaimed brilliance reduced soldiers into business-like assets. Drew confronts his continued feelings of betrayal and the consequences of still trying to catch up and emerge once again as an American citizen.

From the Author, Paul Drew from Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey , May 3, 1999
I am the author. Born in 1945 while my father was in Okinawa, sight of one of WW II's bloodiest battles, "After the Storm" traces my personal odyssey to Vietnam and back home again. Now that I can look back with some maturity at my development as a person and my attitude and perspective on modern history, I think my experience tracks fairly closely with that of the country in general -- some would argue "very general" -- terms. "After the Storm" attempts to portray the parallelism I believe exists between how the country and I (and so many others of my generation) ended up fighting the Vietnam War. To be frank, and I believe the book bears this out, I do not regret my year in the jungle as an infantry squad leader. I do, however, believe in retrospect that, although young American soldiers served with great honor and fought with great courage, our civilian leaders let us down. "After the Storm" is "my" story, but in many ways it is "ours."




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