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Father, Soldier, Son

Memoir of a Platoon Leader In Vietnam

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"Father, Soldier, Son will stand as one of the finest soldier memoirs of the Vietnam War . . . If all that has been written about the war in Vietnam, in fiction and nonfiction, has made it a familiar story to some, Tripp overcomes cliché by individualizing every well-known fact." -- The Boston Globe

NATHANIEL TRIPP GREW UP fatherless in a house full of women and he arrived in Vietnam as a just-promoted second lieutenant in the summer of 1968 with no memory of a man’s example to guide and sustain him. The father missing from Tripp’s life had gone off to war as well, in the Navy in World War II, but the terrors were too much for him, he disgraced himself, and after the war ended he could not bring himself to return to his wife and young son. In "some of the best prose this side of Tim O’Brien or Tobias Wolff" (Military History Quarterly), Tripp tells of how he learned as a platoon leader to become something of a father to the men in his care, how he came to understand the strange trajectory of his own mentally unbalanced father’s life, and how the lessons he learned under fire helped him in the raising of his own sons.
"Not since Michael Herr’s Dispatches has there been anything quite as vivid, gripping and soul-searing," raved the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune said "the description of combat in the jungles of Vietnam are authentic and terrifying, as good as any I have read in fact or fiction."

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 30, 1996 – A case study in the development of a junior officer, Tripp's polished Vietnam memoir focuses on his six months as an infantry platoon leader in 1968. As Tripp, a TV producer, farmer and children's writer (Thunderstorm!), tells it, self-doubt and confusion never quite left him in Vietnam; instead, they fostered a sense of responsibility for the men under his command. In Vietnam, Tripp began for the first time in his life to trust his instincts and behavior-and however other units may have behaved, Tripp's battalion, the 1/28th Infantry, 1st Division, emerges from these pages as an outfit that knew how to fight and that fought well. In these respects, Tripp's account is similar to many war memoirs. It is individualized, however, as the title suggests: Tripp was strongly influenced by his ambivalent relationship with a father who suffered repeated psychotic episodes. His behavior in Vietnam was structured by a corresponding desire to prove himself and to find himself; and his disordered postwar life was influenced not only by his wartime experiences but also by a fear that his own sons might develop the cystic fibrosis hereditary in Tripp's family. Most Vietnam literature presents American participants as blank slates on whom war wrote its story unimpaired. Tripp's chronicle is a powerful reminder that men and women carry a life's worth of baggage when they go to war, as well as when they return.
Father, Soldier, Son
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  • Category: Military
  • Published: Aug 01, 1998
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 278 Pages
  • Language: English
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