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Friendly fire
Bryan, C. D. B. (Courtlandt Dixon Barnes)
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1976]

Physical Description:
380 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library DS557.A69 B78 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library DS557.A69 B78 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Library Journal Review

Mauro Hantman gives a serious reading of this moving account of a family's trauma during the Vietnam War. Michael Mullen was a farm kid and college student from Iowa who was killed in 1970 by "friendly fire": American artillery fire landed on his position and killed him while he was sleeping. This occurs more often in war than most realize, and the Mullens' experience of dealing with Michael's death-from the casualty notification call and gleaning from the army how Michael actually died to their feelings as they endured the grieving process and Michael's mother's antiwar activism-is well described. The author's descriptions of the family's emotions in the aftermath are very well expressed. Hantman speaks clearly, enunciates well, and moves at a pace that is easy to follow. He is rather understated but avoids overdramatizing in a work full of drama. VERDICT Public libraries may wish to consider.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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