Jerry Davis Aughtry's novel portrays a young, privileged American who chooses to be drafted. He could have followed the lead of his friends and gone to med school or law school, easily avoiding the draft. But, for his entire adult life he has seen Vietnam on TV, knew it was in his psychic. Why should he avoid serving just because he could. His political astute parents cannot understand their son. He is drafted and is sent to Vietnam. as a combat soldier.
Myles Jacobson, Jr., excels while at the same time is disillusioned as he bonds with America's lower class who always fight our wars. Jacobson's frustration begins when he sees and has to participate in "Free Fire Zones" allowing for the killing of innocent civilians. His angst continues when he sees how his fellow soldiers are fighting and dying in a war while his upper class friends back home are living a carefree life. Rich battle scenes and humorous banter among soldiers permeate this story...
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Nixon was elected to end the war. We had 6000 or so killed. By the time Nixon resigned, it was something like over 50,000 dead. Sad thing to me that Vietnam didn’t teach us anything. This is the reason why I wanted a subtle anti-war message in my novel, American Killing Fields.
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