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Paperback Details
  • 04/2012
  • 978-0-9847023-0-5 098470230X
  • 352 pages
  • $19.95
Ebook Details
  • 04/2012
  • 978-0-9847023-1-2 B007NLMIF4
  • 352 pages
  • $9.95
Muddy Jungle Rivers

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Making meaning of Vietnam fifty years later: Muddy Jungle Rivers illuminates the boredom, misery, alcohol abuse, crew conflict, ambushes, terror, and death aboard an armor troop carrier river boat in Vietnam and the angst of the cox’n after he is wounded and medevaced home. After publishing Muddy Jungle Rivers in 2012, Affield reconnects with ambush survivors at a Mobile Riverine Force Reunion in 2013. He makes an amazing discovery.

See web site: http://www.wendellaffield.com/war/ambush-survivors-reunited-45-years-later-memories-from-august-18-1968

Reviews
Affield offers a creative account of his tour of duty during the Vietnam War as a 20-year-old crewman on a Navy river assault boat. He tells his story chronologically with an excess of reconstructed dialogue and vivid descriptions of the extremely dangerous South Vietnamese rivers. Affield’s crew was patrolling at the war’s height in 1968, and his remembrances of the day-to-day events in the war zone evoke the unique and hazardous role played by the men of the brown-water Navy (the colloquial term for riverine units). Said men included Buddha, the gung-ho, commie-hating captain; Stonewall, the black Southern cannon gunner who became radicalized after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Snipe, the “docile” engineman; Crow, a racist and cowardly southerner; and Professor, a know-it-all college grad. The author was severely wounded during a deadly ambush in the Mekong Delta, and he deals briefly with his post-war life, including his survivor’s guilt. It’s “guilt that I’m alive,” Affield writes, and “have lived a full life when so many others didn’t have a chance.” Affield lends valuable perspective on riverine warfare and it’s a worthy volume for Vietnam aficionados. (BookLife)
Steve Almond

"I could speak at length here about the merits of Muddy Jungle Rivers: its eloquence, its emotional generosity, its urgent and haunting prose. But the book's enduring virtue is that it records, with utmost fidelity, the unspeakable horrors of the author himself, as a young man adrift in the moral chaos of war."

From the Foreword

Steve Almond, author of God Bless America: Stories, and many other works

 

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 04/2012
  • 978-0-9847023-0-5 098470230X
  • 352 pages
  • $19.95
Ebook Details
  • 04/2012
  • 978-0-9847023-1-2 B007NLMIF4
  • 352 pages
  • $9.95

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