Touched With Fire: The Future of the Vietnam Generation; Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

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Touched With Fire: The Future of the Vietnam Generation

By John Wheeler
Franklin Watts, 1984
259 pp. $16.95
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Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

By Myra MacPherson
Doubleday, 1984
640 pp. $19.95
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The author of the first book, John Wheeler, is a leading spokesman for the veterans of the Vietnam War. His book is a highly personal and idiosyncratic mix of exhortation, meditation, and memories. The MacPherson book is about the impact of the Vietnam War on the lives of those who fought and those who chose not to go. It is oral history on a grand scale and, like the subject, it is emotional, untidy and infinitely sad.