The Making and Un making of a Marine is the record of one man s journey from the hell of the Vietnam War to the redemption of his soul In this personal memoir by Larry Winters, we witness the loss of innocence of a young boy who s forced to take the role of a man by his father s own hand, then watch as he struggles to reshape his identity as both man and patriot while suppressing his rage against an unjust war Surviving the atrocities of Viet Nam, Winters learns how to heal his invisible wounds and is reborn triumphant This book is a must read for anyone interested in the pathway of warriorhood It will also be essential to those with a loved one currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan so they might guide their soldiers home toward a path of healing and forgiveness....
|Title||:||The Making and Un-Making of a Marine|
|Publisher||:||Millrock Writers Collective 1st edition March 23, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||324 pages|
|File Size||:||890 KB|
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The Making and Un-Making of a Marine Reviews
I'm still trying to figure out why this book cost 19.86. I see books by Tolkien, Christie, King, Grisham costing far less, but Larry Winters somehow commands a 19.86 price tag? Am I missing something? I must have bought from the wrong seller. The book's writing was okay, but it's a big turn-off to see grammatical errors all throughout the book. The author needs to go back and read his own material and fix the elementary errors. It's pretty sad this is somehow the final draft. A couple of times the story also doesn't flow in chronological order of events. It flip-flopped a couple of times and left me scratching my head. Very poor proofreading.
I couldn't help but feeling a little disappointed. The author presents his life in the standard chronological autobiographical form. He basically picks out the major events of his traumatic life which include an abusive father to a tour in Vietnam, and finally reveals how he came to terms with his increasingly unhappy and discontented life after the war.
Good insight into the life and mind a local boy turned Vietnam Marine and his return to a less then appreciative American public, and a life after the war.
When I got home from Iraq, several people gave me books, and I bought several more. All of these book were about war in some format, and a lot had to deal with PTSD. Somewhere thrown in the mix of books was: The Making and Un-Making of a Marine.
The Making and Unmaking of a Marine is a very powerful story about growing up male and going off to Vietnam, a world I could know nothing about. The introduction was gripping and drew me immediately into the story. Every chapter deals with something dramatic or startling, propelling the reader on and on, sometimes against his will, sometimes squinting, so as not to take in the full impact of the disturbing events. Winter's treatment of his experience is quite compelling, and I thoroughly appreciated the writing style. The descriptions are beautiful and awful, at once bringing me right into scenes I could not possibly imagine. The author makes no judgment of his actions; there is no flowery pretense, no rationalizations, nor excuses. It simply lays out the story of one of thousands of young men, barely more than kids, who went off to war with no real idea of what they were getting themselves into. We see their ideals get forever changed when subjected to the horrors of war. I came to partially understand, and feel, on a visceral level, the inner conflict of these men who have one vision before signing up, and then find themselves dealing with things so drastically different...the slaughter of innocent people, the senseless destruction...things they can't possibly understand, let alone process and absorb. The real tragedy is that they, themselves, think they know what they are signing on for and it seems noble. The most powerful line in the story for me was, "I was proud to be a marine, I was ashamed to be a marine." This inner conflict has taken a lifetime to resolve and I am left wondering if one can ever really come to terms with it. I want to thank Mr. Winters for having the courage to delve into his soul and dredge this up, putting a personal face on the Vietnam War. It is such an important story which needs to be told. Claudia B