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In a nation fought two wars one abroadd one with itself On one front Spider walked point and tried to survive an insanity he neither accepted nor understood On another his girl Beverly drift

  • Title: 1968
  • Author: Joe Haldeman
  • ISBN: 9780450610042
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1968, a nation fought two wars one abroadd one with itself On one front, Spider walked point and tried to survive an insanity he neither accepted nor understood On another, his girl, Beverly, drifted into a strange counterculture that offered her dangerous freedoms at the price of her innocence In 1968, a great black leader was murdered on a balcony in MemphiIn 1968, a nation fought two wars one abroadd one with itself On one front, Spider walked point and tried to survive an insanity he neither accepted nor understood On another, his girl, Beverly, drifted into a strange counterculture that offered her dangerous freedoms at the price of her innocence In 1968, a great black leader was murdered on a balcony in Memphisa political convention in Chicago was stained with young bloodd Spider and Beverly searched for their separate peace in two worlds on fire It was the year that changed us all In 1968, everything went crazy.Author Biography Joe Haldeman first won the Hugo Award for his novel The Forever War His work includes the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel The Hemingway Hoax and the acclaimed Worlds Trilogy He has won a total of three Nebula Awards and four Hugo Awards A Vietnam veteran who was wounded, Joe Hadleman teaches writing at M.I.T and lives part time in Florida with his wife, Gay.

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    1. David on said:

      This is realI was there. I was an infantryman. It's all here: the boredom, the petty bullshit, the fear lurking in the back of your mind every minute of every day, and of course the terror when things got sketchy. I was lucky in that I never had to live through anything as horrific as the events described in this book, but they seem very real to me. Very good book but not for the faint of heart.

    2. Jamie on said:

      Had to read this for an English class in college and liked it so much, I kept it. A realistic fictional novel about the Vietnam War and America at this time. Beautiful imagery Joe Haldeman puts you there and you feel what the characters (and the nation at that time) are feeling.

    3. John Murphy on said:

      Wow, this book was everything I hoped it would be and more. Although it deals with some seriously heavy and disturbing subjects there are several laugh out loud moments.; most notably when Spider loses his virginity in a Vietnamese whorehouse.This isn't just another nam novel though as it focuses equally on the shifting cultural plates in the states at the time.Haldemans writing is brilliant throughout with short punchy chapters making the grim subjects easily digestible. Along with The Force an [...]

    4. John pierard on said:

      This is a really great novel about that incredible year. Brought it all back for me. An unjustly overlooked classic, as far as I'm concerned.

    5. Rita on said:

      P. 248"The double Standard was absolute and unquestioned. Boys cajoled and pleaded and promised, but if a girl finally did give in, they would in all probability have sex with her for a month or two and then wander off looking for fresh blood, or meat, meanwhile telling all the other guys about how easy she was. She was a slit but he was normal, he was a man."Thanks, Joe Haldeman, for reminding me how much and why I hate men. But the book: In 1968 I was a sophomore at Coronado High School in Sco [...]

    6. Jake on said:

      Well written, but thoroughly depressing book about that year of insanity, 1968.

    7. Peter on said:

      A powerful and moving story of the Vietnam War and its effect on Spider, a drafted GI, and Beverley, the girl he left behind to try to wait for him, set against a backdrop of domestic politics and factual sidelights on the nature of the war and the mental illness of the lead character. It’s brutally honest with a realistic cast, an unexpected but convincing final chapter and an indictment of both the army (particularly its psychiatric practices) and contemporary society.

    8. gene kadish on said:

      What the Vietnam war did to Americans. If you are too young to remember, or think subsequent or previous wars were the same, you should read this. If you didn't ecperience the "60's" you should read this. If you were there and forgot, you should read this. If you were in Vietnam there may not be any reason to read this.

    9. Teddy on said:

      This wasn't a horrible book, but I found myself avoiding continuing on it so decided it must not be what I am in the mood for right now. I found it to be a bit too much like reading various entries related to the Vietnam conflict with little to no character development. The people seemed like they were thrown in to try to make a story around all of the dry details about the conflict, but more as an afterthought.

    10. Jon on said:

      What starts out as being about the Vietnam war becomes about something much more interesting, becoming a sort of state of the nation novel for that year. I'm not sure why I didn't like it more.Fuller review on my blog here for the interested.

    11. Timothy Boyd on said:

      Very good war story. Alot of Haldeman's personal experiences come through is the story. While normally I look forward to the SiFi stories that Haldeman writes this was a very good piece of fiction. Recommended

    12. Brian on said:

      A guttural, surprisingly touching Vietnam memoir. In continues Haldeman's theme of "what happens when academics are sent off to war." Himself being a veteran of Vietnam, the book is well done. It's graphic, sincere, and occasionally quite horrifying, if only because so much of it is real.

    13. Peter Juzyk on said:

      Not what I was expecting but an incredible intense novel. I need to read more Joe Haldeman.

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