Title: Sharp End – The Trauma of a War in Vietnam

Author: Hennessy, Brian

Condition: Near Mint +

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1997

ISBN: 186448506X

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 160 pages

Comments: There is no time to ponder on the reality of war. Nor do we realise how we have been tested. I’m just grateful that it wasn’t me who was wrapped in his hootchie and loaded on to the back of that APC as we take off after the retreating VC. I check the trees for human flesh and bits of bodies as we head up the Long Green towards the mouth of the Song Rai River where we meet the Yanks coming down from further north.

What was it like in Vietnam? This book describes the experiences of a small group of Australian infantrymen who were at the sharp end of the war. It covers their time in Vietnam, the emotional cost of their service, and a return trip to that country many years later.

There are no heroes here, just ordinary men who tried to do their duty, who endured their experiences nobly, and who were changed forever as a result.

This is a story about resilience and survival as much as it is a story about Vietnam.