Wiest - Charlie Company Journeys Home
Based on countless interviews, diaries, and letters, Charlie Company is a poignant and compelling look at the true cost of war and the price veterans pay together with their families.
In The Boys of ’67, noted military historian Andrew Wiest told the story of a group of young American soldiers as they trained and fought in the Vietnam War. Now in Charlie Company, Wiest tells what happened when Charlie Company returned from Vietnam and, inevitably, brought the war home with them.
Charlie Company is the compelling story of the women and families who sent young men to war, but welcomed home someone new—someone often different and darker. The vast majority of Charlie Company veterans returned home suffering from some level of posttraumatic stress. Wives and families had sent happy, idealistic young men to war, and all too often welcomed home emotionally dark, drunk, abusive men whom they no longer recognized. Some families stood by their husbands and fathers through homelessness, alcohol abuse, and physical abuse. Others couldn’t stand the pain and left the loves of their lives forever. Some wives reclaimed their husbands from the brink of oblivion.
Based on interviews, letters, and recordings of the men, women, and children caught in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Charlie Company reveals how the men themselves experienced the war, and how their families’ hopes and dreams changed as America entered perhaps its greatest ever period of social change.
• ISBN-10: 147282749X
• ISBN-13: 9781472827494
• Release Year: 2018
• Publisher: Osprey Publishing