“Boots On the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam,” by Elizabeth Partridge, is one of the best books I have ever read. It took my attention from the start, and I could not stop reading it. I finished it the first day I had it.
The book is a collection of firsthand accounts of what the war was like. They had memories from four presidents, four Army veterans, a Green Beret, a Vietnamese refugee, a nurse, a medic, a machine gunner trained by Martin Luther King in peacefulness, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer, and more.
As you can imagine, the book is full of stories of lost comrades, day-to-day war life, and the stresses of a war.
When I first got this book, I thought it was either going to be sad and depressing, all about the death and sacrifice, or it was going to be a complete nonfiction book with no real emotions, and just number reports. I was wrong. It turned out as a perfect combination of both. This book teaches you to never judge a book by its cover.
This 200 page book is completely unique in the best way possible.
While giving you good facts, it does not talk to much about the actual death or bodies. This book has large pages but does have occasional pictures. f I was told to think of a way to make this book better, I would not be able to think of one.
This book is terrific and should be read by teenagers all over America. But, If you are really sensitive to violence, or cannot handle talk about death, you probably should not read this book.
I think that it’s is best for ages 12 and up, because if you are younger than twelve, you either might not understand what is really going on, or you might be too disturbed by the contents. But, if you are over the age of twelve, this is a great book about an important time America would rather forget.