Wandering Souls

Wandering Souls

Journeys With the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam

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Baker & Taylor
Karlin relates the moving story of one veteran's search for redemption in Vietnam, as he seeks forgiveness from the family of the man he killed 40 years ago.

Perseus Publishing
The moving story of one veteran’s search for redemption in Viet Nam as he seeks forgiveness from the family of the man he killed forty years ago.

On March 19, 1969, First Lieutenant Homer R. Steedly, Jr., shot and killed a North Vietnamese soldier, Dam, when they met on a jungle trail. Steedly took a diaryfilled with beautiful line drawingsfrom the body of the dead soldier, which he subsequently sent to his mother for safekeeping. Thirty-five years later, Steedly rediscovers the forgotten dairy and begins to confront his suppressed memories of the war that defined his life, deciding to return to Viet Nam and meet the family of the man he killed to seek their forgiveness.

Fellow veteran and award-winning author Wayne Karlin accompanied Steedly on his remarkable journey. InWandering Souls he recounts Homer’s movement towards a recovery that could only come about through a confrontation with the ghosts of his pastand the need of Dam’s family to bring their child’s wandering soul” to his own peace.

Wandering Souls limns the terrible price of war on soldiers and their loved ones, and reveals that we heal not by forgetting war’s hard lessons, but by remembering its costs.

& Taylor

A veteran and award-winning author of Lost Armies describes the life-changing wartime confrontation during which he killed a North Vietnamese soldier and retrieved from the man's body a diary of beautiful line drawings, a keepsake that prompted his effort decades later to seek forgiveness from the soldier's family.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781568584058
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 STEED KARLI
Characteristics: viii, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm


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