It has taken 45 years, but GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier has finally published a book about the lighter side of the Vietnam War. The book is entitled “DRAFTED! Vietnam at War and at Peace.”
Readers may recall some brief posts about return visits to Vietnam over the years. DRAFTED! recalls numerous vignettes and anecdotes about Dave Frazier’s Army service in Vietnam. It’s a good read for all ages with some little known insights and lots of pictures made during the war and on recent post war visits.
As a young man Frazier had up close and personal encounters with former presidential candidate Gov. George Romney, Gen. William Westmoreland, and U.S. Army Major Al Thomas who armed and trained Ho Chi Minh in 1945 to fight Japan. Those yarns make for interesting reading.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FROM BOISE ATTORNEY BILL RODEN–
I couldn’t put the book down. It is a great read! I’m about ten years before your “induction” into the service, but your description of the basic training as a draftee exactly described my experiences as a draftee, ten years earlier. The remainder of the book is a wonderful mix of humor and pathos, and I could not stop reading. You have the gift of knowing how much to say and how to say it that pulls the reader into the moment. I observed Viet Nam as a civilian, and there is no question that it was the tragedy and national mistake you experienced.
On a lighter note, you obviously mastered the art of “wheeling and dealing,” which I have always admired and envied. Congratulations on a great achievement.
BOOK SIGNING Saturday Feb. 21 at Cafe Capri 9-11 a.m., Vista Village next to Rite Aid. Enjoy good coffee, conversation, and a good book.
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