Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Week 27: The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty
I was born in 1979, so I will never truly understand the anger and emotion that prevailed in America during the late 1960's. No matter how much history I read, I'll never really "get it". Much like my grandchildren will not understand present-day America's feelings about the Iraqi/Afghan conflicts. But a perspective like this one, written candidly from the front lines... well, it makes me think.
Patrick's story is just one of half a million troops that were shipped off to Vietnam. He survived and shared his story, I think, on behalf of those who could not. For a tight-lipped Marine, I believe this was an enormous sacrifice.
A good, easy-to-read, poignant book.