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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DISTANT WAR...
Marc (far left) with members of the Southern California chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, who are about to undertake an overdue scrubbing down of a Cobra gunship at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. Marc's friend LTC, ret. Gene Boyer, author of the book Inside the President's Helicopter is fifth from the left. Photo courtesy of Sven Akesson.
— Gregory Daddis, Colonel, Professor of History at West Point
“I was very pleased to have been able to
visit with you Saturday night at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. I
will be looking at the web page and reading some of your writings.
I am glad you are doing what you are. So much still needs to be written
about the Vietnam experience. I hope we can cross paths again and
continue our conversations.
— Larry Wilson, First Lieutenant, USMC Vietnam, FBI, ret.
“Just finished Distant War. Fantastic. You
are one hellova writer.
— Dick Hrebik, Vietnam veteran and Author of Corps Vet and The Warrior Among Us
“Hang loose, Marc... I'd like to have you as a guest again on an upcoming show this summer. Like Paris and Hemmingway, your book is a 'Moveable Feast'.”
— Rod Utech, Radio Host, KHNC - Johnstown, CO (POW/MIA Radio)
“Your book arrived!!! Three cheers, I like the cover—including your pix on the back, good choice and I knew immediately where it was taken! My first visit there was profound for me. Lively great prologue, then Bert took it and looked through the book and read me your acknowledgments—thank you. I was proud to walk the journey with you at the beginning—how proud I am of you and of the book, which I will get back soon. Again, bravo, cheers, and hurrah!”
— Noël Riley Fitch, authorized biographer of Julia Child, award-winning biographer and historian of expatriate intellectuals in Paris during the first half of the 1900s
“I love your stories. They have so much depth. I just want to reach that kind of impact too. You know me, and that makes me proud.”
— Michael D. "Moon" Mullins, author of Vietnam in Verse: Poetry for Beer Drinkers; Vietnam Veteran, Delta 3/7, 199th Light Infantry, '68-'69; Vice-President, Military Writers Society of America
“Have been reading each chapter of Distant War. Great job!! ...your work is so well done and I would like to do a review on our next Veterans TV Hour segment in a few weeks. I really appreciate how your writing experience and expertise, along with great journalism, makes this book special. A Vietnam combat infantry vet myself, I can't agree more with the other reviews in that it brings many perspectives to that war which are rarely offered. Thanks, Marc!”
— Rick Seaman, co-producer, Veterans Network, "online TV for America's Veterans.”
“Thank you for the copy of your latest book Distant War. It is a distinct break from traditional research and memoirs on previous wars. Your very human and personal approach to the myriad characters was refreshing and interesting. I appreciate your thinking of me and providing this great addition to my personal library. Enclosed is one of my coins. Please accept it in appreciation of your thoughtfulness and for your service in our State Military Reserve.”
— William H. Wade II, Major General, Former Adjutant General, California National Guard, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Joint Forces Command–NATO Response Force
“It is a truism that everything that can be said about Vietnam, Watergate, and that terrible era in our history has been said or written. Marc Yablonka proves this wrong, as he explores those days from odd and untouched angles. He creates an unforgettable portrait of something you thought you knew well, and find you did not know at all.”
— Jim Morris, author of War Story
“Marc Philip Yablonka has written and assembled a darned good book about a long ago war that sometimes gets lost these days in the rumble of more contemporary cannons. In the 40-plus years since I left Vietnam as a Marine Combat Correspondent and an Associated Press war correspondent, I thought I had read everything that could be said about the place I first knew in 1962 as "a dirty little war. I was wrong. Thanks, Marc.”
— Steve Stibbens, Combat Correspondent for Stars and Stripes, Leatherneck Magazine, and the Associated Press
“I got your book, thank you, and am almost finished with it. It's a outstanding read. There is a lot of info in it and interesting facts to top it off.”
— Paul Harrington, USAF, ret. Stars and Stripes reporter in Vietnam, and Associated Press Photo Editor
“Kudos on your book. It's a very interesting read, well written and well researched. Glad you righted the wrong done to the Air America guys. Can't believe there was still a Huey lying in the weeds at Cu Chi as late as 1990 [cover photo]. Cu Chi was my first duty station flying with the 116th Assault.”
— Richard Jellerson, Storyteller Films
“I was reading your book on the plane to Kentucky last month, and it brought tears to my eyes — the Kim Phuc story sent those tears quietly down my cheeks. ”
— Kenn Miller, via email [Kenn was in Vietnam with the 101st and later wrote Tiger the LURP Dog and Six Silent Men.]
“The book arrived today and I just have to say, the covers are spectacular. When I opened the envelope, I saw the back first. The wall section [Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.] is or is close to, Panel 3 East (Ia Drang), one of significance to my family. The wall always moves me. I want to thank you for signing the book, and your thoughtful comment. I very much appreciate it. It makes the book more special to have your signature! In reading the prologue, I know you wrote from the heart. I promise you that I will give your words their due, and will read the book in its entirety, and I will let you know when the review is set to be posted. T hank you for getting the book to me so quickly! I cannot wait to begin reading it.”
— Karen St. John, columnist for www.VeteransToday (via email)
“Congratulations! Thank you for your love for Vietnam and its people and for being such a passionate journalist. From the moment I opened the book, I couldn't stop, page after page. The names, the faces, the places... Distant War brought back a lot of memories. And thank you for your friendship.”
— Kieu Chinh [Kieu Chinh was in the Oliver Stone-produced film Joy Luck Club. She also was in the films Hamburger Hill, The Children of An Lac, Last Flight Out, and in the TV series “M*A*S*H.” During the war, she starred in the films A Yank in Vietnam with Marshall Thompson, and Operation CIA with Burt Reynolds.]
“Firstly, it was good to see you in L.A. Secondly, thanks very much for the copy of your book - I found it really interesting and was especially interested in the Cathy LeRoy chapter.”
— Tim Page, Vietnam War Photo Journalist
“Marc Yablonka captures the nuances and sidelights of Vietnam and the personalities of the war in Southeast Asia. I spent two years flying Army helicopters in this conflict, and Marc brought out some views that I was not aware of. Combat is not all war stories and he artfully fills in a lot of the blank spaces for veterans like me. His writings will help others understand the war better. Yablonka has a skill and it shows in his recent work. Hope there is more to come…”
— LTC (Ret) Tom Lasser, RVN, 1967-68, 1968-70, U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot and Former California National Guard Liaison to the Governor
— Steve Schofield, Green Beret, Vietnam; Medic, United States Agency for International Development, Laos
“Awesome book. You really did a good job in showing the varied sides of war through each individual's perspective.”
— Betty Kilbride, Host of All Fired Up Radio's Military Monday Show
“Thanks for the book. Just started to skim it over; the pictures are fabulous. Especially the Huey you found in 1990. And the ammunition still on the ground at Khe Sanh. Thanks Marc.”
— Steve Tomaszewski, Host of Soldiers Family Radio & TV
“Marc, you’re the best!!! Thanks for everything.”
— Gene Price, Country Music Disc Jockey, Armed Forces Network (1970s to 1990s)
“You are awesome. Thank you so much for what you do to make sure that none of our brothers and sisters are ever forgotten. What you do is so touching and helps the new generation understand the ultimate sacrifices of those who reached out to serve their country.”
— Carol L. Olmstead, Run for the Wall Foundation
“Your book arrived yesterday, for which thanks. Some really interesting vignettes in there...”
— Richard Pyle, Associated Press bureau chief-Saigon, 1968-73
“Thanks for the book. It will be added to my personal library. I opened the mail and started reading. Sixty pages later, I realized I had to put it down for a while. Very good read. Your ability to transition from person to person or event to event is amazing. I am not a reader in the truest sense of the word. I do not love to sit in the chair and read all day. A book has to apprehend me and drag me to the next page. A well written book dares me to put it down. Your book is a darer.”
— Green Beret Col. Paul Longgrear, U.S. Army, ret.
— Chip Maury, Photographer for U.S. Navy UDT/Seal Team One & Stars and Stripes, Vietnam
FEEDBACK AND ENDORSEMENTS...
Thank you again for the written endearment
and autograph. I've already cut a large swath through your text
and I can see that your book is a well laid out story.
You have elegantly described Air America's
participation in the Southeast Asian conflict.
Authors who write positive information about
Air America are always welcome. Marc, you are a friend to Air
America, and have been extremely helpful with our quest for proper
recognition by introducing me to many of your friends and colleagues who
are writers and talk show hosts.
Emotionally Stirring Accounts...
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