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Tour of Duty

Douglas Brinkley

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Covering more than four decades, Tour of Duty is the definitive account of John Kerry's journey from war to peace. Written by acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley, this is the first full-scale, intimate account of Kerry's naval career. In writing this riveting narrative, Brinkley has drawn on extensive interviews with virtually everyone who knew Kerry well in Vietnam, including all the men still living who served under him. Kerry also entrusted to Brinkley his letters home from Vietnam and his voluminous "War Notes" -- journals, notebooks, and personal reminiscences written during and shortly after the war. This material was provided without restriction, to be used at Brinkley's discretion, and has never before been published. John Kerry enlisted in the Navy in February 1966, months before he graduated from Yale. In December 1967 Ensign Kerry was assigned to the frigate U.S.S. Gridley; after five months of service in the Pacific, with a brief stop in Vietnam, he returned to the United States and underwent training to command a Swift boat, a small craft deployed in Vietnam's rivers. In June 1968 Kerry was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade), and by the end of that year he was back in Vietnam, where he commanded, over time, two Swift boats. Throughout Tour of Duty Brinkley deftly deals with such explosive issues as U.S. atrocities in Vietnam and the bombing of Cambodia. In a series of unforgettable combat-action sequences, he recounts how Kerry won the Purple Heart three times for wounds suffered in action and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Navy's Silver Star for gallantry in action. When Kerry returned from Southeast Asia, he joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), becoming a prominent antiwar spokesperson. He challenged the Nixon administration on Capitol Hill with the antiwar movementcheering him on. As Kerry's public popularity soared in April-May 1971, the FBI considered him a subversive. Brinkley -- using new information acquired from the recently released Nixon tapes -- reveals how White

Language:

English

Length:

5h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:27