|A hellish place of angels||
The more I look into it the more I realize that the use of letters home, my memories and newspaper articles (and other historical references) hammered into a compelling narrative is a unique device for nonfiction. It is a triangulation of the truth, Using my memories I have added an emotional element to the understanding of what had transpired. The memories alone would not be believable. The letters documented what was happening within the zeitgeist of that time. They are good supporting material but may have been subject to a systematic bias and a youthful view. The historical references provide a documentation of what others perceived was happening thus giving boundaries to the reality of experience..The narrative moves along touching on the issues of the time but never leaving the action for long.
The first thing I am trying to do (beyond getting the book through production) is to pre sell the book.
I have received permission from David Douglas Duncan to use his photos taken in September of 1967. This was during the worst of times.
This picture by Duncan at Con Thien was on the cover of Life Magazine in October 1967.