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My Detachment - A Memoir

Tracy Kidder

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My Detachment is a war story like none you have ever read before, an unromanticized portrait of a young man coming of age in the controversial war that defined a generation. In an astonishingly honest, comic, and moving account of his tour of duty in Vietnam, master storyteller Tracy Kidder writes for the first time about himself. This extraordinary memoir is destined to become a classic. Kidder was an ROTC intelligence officer, just months out of college and expecting a stateside assignment, when his orders arrived for Vietnam. There, lovesick, anxious, and melancholic, he tried to assume command of his detachment, a ragtag band of eight more-or-less ungovernable men charged with reporting on enemy radio locations. He eventually learned not only to lead them but to laugh and drink with them as they shared the boredom, pointlessness, and fear of war. Together, they sought a ghostly enemy, homing in on radio transmissions and funneling intelligence gathered by others. Kidder realized that he would spend his time in Vietnam listening in on battle but never actually experiencing it. With remarkable clarity and with great detachment, Kidder looks back at himself from across three and a half decades, confessing how, as a young lieutenant, he sought to borrow from the tragedy around him and to imagine himself a romantic hero. Unrelentingly honest, rueful, and revealing, My Detachment gives us war without heroism, while preserving those rare moments of redeeming grace in the midst of lunacy and danger. The officers and men of My Detachment are not the sort of people who appear in war movies-they are the ones who appear only in war, and they are unforgettable. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 21m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:36


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:07


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:24


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:50


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:32


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:49


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:40


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:09


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:08


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:04


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

01:15


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:00


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:19


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:52


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:30


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:48


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:00


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:45


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:21


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:50


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:16