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As a journalist, Paxton Andrews would experience  Vietnam firsthand. We follow her from high school in Savannah to  college in Berkeley and then to work in Saigon.For the soldiers she  knew and met there, Viet Nam would change their  lives in ways they could never have imagined. For the men  in her life, Viet Nam would change their lives in ways hey could not  escape or deAs a journalist, Paxton Andrews would experience  Vietnam firsthand. We follow her from high school in Savannah to  college in Berkeley and then to work in Saigon.For the soldiers she  knew and met there, Viet Nam would change their  lives in ways they could never have imagined. For the men  in her life, Viet Nam would change their lives in ways hey could not  escape or deny. Peter  Wilson, fresh from law school, was a new recruit  who would confont his fate in Da Nang. Ralph  Johnson, a seasoned AP correspondent, had been in  Saigon since the beginning. He knew Vietnam and the  war inside out. Bill Quinn, captain of the Cu Chi  tunnel rats, was on his fourth tour of duty and it  seemed nothing could touch him. Sergeant Tony  Campobello had come to Vietnam from the streets of  New York to vent a rage that had followed him all the way to Saigon.  For seven years  Paxton Andrews would write an acclaimed newspaper  column from the front before finally returning to the  States and then attending the Paris peace talks.  But for her and the men who fought in Viet Nam,  life would never be the same again.From the Paperback edition....

Title : Message from Nam
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ISBN : 9780307566652
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Message from Nam Reviews

  • Renee
    2019-03-22 04:45

    I read this while pregnant with my youngest, and I cried through most of it. Well, about a third of the way through I started crying and didn't stop until the end. Maybe the pregnancy hormones had something to do with it, but I think this would be emotional for anyone to read.Beautiful characters, heartbreaking yet also heartwarming story. I'd read again.

  • Piyangie
    2019-04-01 04:51

    This is the best Danielle Steel book I have read. It is powerful and emotional. The story has captured well the dark side of an ugly war which saw to the physical death of millions of and emotional death to an uncountable number. The characters were made so real that I was instantly connected to them, and over the time with number of rereads, they have become a part of me. I'm no Danielle Steel fan, but this great work really touched my heart and will always hold a place there.

  • Tara
    2019-04-12 05:02

    I haven't read many novels by Danielle Steel, but I have to say that Message From Nam is one of the best books I have read - ever! I liked the plot, the dialogue, the characters were very "real", and it was very well written. It also happens to be one of the saddest stories I have ever read, but absolutely worth reading!

  • Mike
    2019-04-08 03:44

    Message from Nam! This book has a long history with me. I used to recommend it all the time when I worked in a bookstore and people would come in asking for a romance novel. Message from Nam was by far the best title we had. We moved a lot of copies that way.When my very good goodreads friend found it at our school's used book sale, my bluff was called and I had to acknowledge that I'd never read it.I learned a surprising amount of detail about the Viet Cong tunneling system from this book. Who knew!Now I can recommend this book having read it.Also: I am reading Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain - I have to say that Message from Nam has the edge. Again, who knew? I love Mark Twain and would be happy read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn every year. But Life on the Mississippi is all over the place.

  • Cari
    2019-04-04 11:47

    "...Remember, friends. . .Remember. . .the boys who died,who lived,who cried,The boys who fought in Nam."Message from Nam starts with a poem entitled "The Boys Who Fought in Nam" and from those very first few pages and the powerful message contained in those lines, I was emotionally invested in this book. In reading this book, I gained knowledge about a painful piece of our nation's history that is barely mentioned in American History courses, and the emotions multiplied with every page that I read. The book touches on many historically significant events of the 1960s-1970s, in addition to the Vietnam war... In fact, it starts with the main character, Paxton Andrews, sitting in a classroom in her high school in Savannah, Georgia on the day John F Kennedy was assassinated. The entire country was grieving at that time due to the loss of the President, and it brought back vivid memories of a time I was sitting in a classroom watching a plane hit the World Trade Center. The same sense of loss, fear, disbelief, and sorrow felt on that day was described as being felt on the day JFK's life was ended in Dallas, on 11/22/63. Message from Nam also touches base on the the continued conflicts regarding the Civil Rights movement and integration. In fact, when Paxton goes to Berkley University in California to pursue a degree in journalism, she is treated poorly by a black classmate who assumes she is racist because of her southern roots. It was a time of protest and demonstration and the nation remained in turmoil as the situation in Vietnam grew more dire and the anti-war movement heated up across the nation... Danielle Steel captured this all so well in just the first third of the book and it was so powerfully done. Paxton Andrews suffers so many unimaginable losses throughout the course of Message from Nam and I felt each one intensely. She ends up becoming a journalist, and after the war first robs her of a loved one, she goes to Vietnam for answers. There she is haunted by the atrocities of war and a beautiful country stained by death. She sees beggars and small children without limbs, other small children in the streets dealing heroin, and the constant threat of land mines, bombings, or worse. Through a column entitled "Message from Nam", she begins to write articles featuring the hard truth about what was going on in Nam. She is changed irrevocably by her experiences in war torn Vietnam and instead of finding answers, she is forever faced with more questions. Another powerful part of the story is how the soldiers fared during and following the war. It's heartbreaking to think of what so many young American men faced for their country and when they finally got to come home, they no longer felt they belonged. As one soldier tells Paxton in the book, "We leave Vietnam feeling like we're heroes, but when we get home we're treated like criminals". For the record, Danielle Steel is a popular romance author, but do not ever let anyone fool you into thinking Message from Nam is "just a romance". In fact, the romance felt very secondary to the historical components of the story. There are multiple love stories featured in this book and each one felt real, touched my heart, and broke it too. I cried A LOT while reading this book... but it was so worth it. It's one I won't soon forget.

  • Robin
    2019-04-14 03:53

    I na exkurzi do světa Danielle Steel jsem se vypravil..;-) 60. léta, od smrti JFK po hippies až válku ve Vietnamu...

  • Lainy
    2019-03-27 08:07

    review to follow xxx

  • Jena
    2019-04-15 10:55

    This book was intense, . compelling.It made me cry.It was exponentially frustrating and heartwrenching.It left me emotionally exhausted, and ultimately relieved.In other words, "Message From Nam" captured perfectly that time and place for which there are no adequate words, the 1960's, Vietnam, and a collision of political and sociocultural events that swept the dreams and hopes and lives and loves of hundreds of thousands of Americans into the storms of war.

  • Martha
    2019-03-24 10:00

    I actually read this book years ago, but I recently found an old copy of it in a storage bin in the basement and ended up reading it again. I forgot how moving it was. Of course, being a Danielle Steele novel, there's some trashy romance and whatnot, but the bigger story--the story of how war tears apart relationships, love's slow death and then love re-discovered under seemingly impossible circumstances--is very touching. The ending is predictable, but still very sweet.

  • Carol Nine
    2019-03-21 04:02

    This was a fantastic book. I found it to be a very interesting history of the Vietnam War, along with a wonderful romance novel. This is one of my favorites by Danielle Steel. The story was not predictable, as are many romance novels, and I feel I was not only entertained, but I learned a lot about history. The characters were all very likable. The story seemed so real that I became misty eyed reading it. I heartily recommend reading this one.

  • Sherry
    2019-04-07 10:05

    I read this book three times and now have a desire to pick it up yet once again. As a child of the 70's with a brother who served in Nam, this book gave me a glimpse of what it might of been like. If I had only been older, I may of been inspired to follow in Paxton's footsteps to be a photo journalist.

  • Lisa Owens
    2019-03-21 11:49

    This story brought to life the awful things that happened over there.Losing my uncle made me want to read this book,I felt like I could understand the lose of so many lives.The ones who came home were never the same,and for those of us too young to live it.I just say thank you.

  • Pookie Roberts
    2019-04-21 06:44

    This was a really great heart wrenching story.. I loved it.. I would say anyone who knew anyone or was there in Nam to read this... A tale of love won & lost.. How a woman over comes the loss of love & moves on.. Please read this book.. I recommend it to everyone..

  • Jennifer Daymude Jennings
    2019-04-11 05:02

    My favorite book of hers!

  • Saratu
    2019-03-24 06:44

    This was my first Danielle Steel novel and it started my collection. I cried all through it and my friends wondered why i couldn't put such a sad book down. It was worth every moment.

  • Sophie
    2019-04-21 12:06

    OMG!! Una historia al mejor estilo Danielle Steel, sin dudas dentro de las mejores de la autora.Una historia desgarradora, de esas que son imposibles de leer sin derramar lagrimas. Sin embargo (y esto es lo que amo de Danielle Steel) a medida que la historia avanza y ya estas llorando a moco tendido, con un nudo en el estomago, y el corazón destrozado en mil pedazos, la trama siempre tiene esa sensación de esperanza que hace que sigas leyendo, esa luz al final del camino que termina sanando las heridas y logra que termines el libro con una sonrisa.

  • Kerry Cerra
    2019-03-22 04:00

    I don't read Danielle Steel anymore, but this book has stuck with me for years. I read it in college and still remember having my heart breaker wen the Mom makes one of the most difficult choices a parent would ever have to. This is one of my favorites of hers.

  • Beth
    2019-03-26 04:53

    By far this is one of her best books. It will make you laugh and cry and all around put you on an emotional rollercoaster. It's full of love and very touching. An awesome read.

  • Barb
    2019-03-21 07:44

    One of my very favourites, learned so much about the vietnam war in this one, Danielles books are very very well researched and are really quite educational

  • Erin
    2019-03-31 04:43

    Makes me cry every time I read it, but it's an amazing book. I don't usually like Danielle Steel, but I love this book!

  • Zena
    2019-03-27 06:02

    I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I only wish it contained more stories about the war and the soldiers. other than that it was a great book.

  • Silvia
    2019-04-08 09:53

    It was a really good book. I would have liked more details at the end but it is good if you want to learn a little about the Vietnam war.

  • Karen
    2019-03-25 08:50

    Better than her usual books. This book was fiction but laced with fact from Vietnam, which made it much nicer.

  • Lois
    2019-04-09 11:01

    after reading this book i wanted to find out more about vietnam, good book

  • J.d. Watts
    2019-04-16 04:01

    This was one of my favorite DS novels ever! It was a pretty good made for TV movie as well!

  • Readergirl77
    2019-04-18 10:05

    Hands down the best Danielle Steel novel I have read. The story draws the reader in and makes the characters come to life.

  • Ellenjsmellen
    2019-04-19 06:07

    Cried my pea pickin' eyes out. I will not label this mindless smut.

  • Malvika Sp
    2019-03-27 09:02

    The book is focused on a journalist throughout the war and it's tragedies, which is really heart breaking and tragic. At times, it is most depressing especially since the main character, nearly loses almost everyone close to her. But it also shows that, even with all that she's been through, she doesn't lose hope, never gives up on life and stays strong through it all - that should definitely teach us something!

  • S Davis
    2019-03-31 09:06

    An emotional roller-coaster & I loved every minute of it...I was swept away by the contrasting characters; their spectrum of love, kindness, and unknown cruelty. The fortitude Pax shows throughout the the story is remarkable; as are the twists and turns that bring this story so seamlessly together. After some breathing time away from this book, I would gladly become enchanted by it again and again!

  • Amanda Peterson
    2019-04-16 08:01

    An entertaining read and you do feel bad for some of the losses in Paxton's life especially a death near the end that is brutal. The book does raise an interesting point about veterans especially during the Vietnam war who aren't always treated the best when they get home. Which to me isn't right, you should never treat or view a soldier badly even if a war is something you don't agree with.