Title: The War Within
Author: Tate, Don
Condition: Near Mint
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2008
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 461 pages
Comments: The journey Don Tate takes us on is inspiring, yet horrific. Tate survived his childhood with a petty thief for a father. When he wasn’t incarcerated he encouraged his boys to be tough both physically and emotionally.
A show of fatherly love was to sit his son on a box of gelignite and set off on a bumpy road to blow up the ‘German-next-door’s’ windmill. Wanting to show his father he could do something successful on his own, Tate volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War. The insight he gives on life in this war is heartbreaking—so many young men living in appalling conditions, fighting a war that many back home refused to acknowledge.
Surviving horrific injuries, both physically and psychologically, Tate returned home a changed man. After spending years in various hospitals, he met the love of his life and tried to settle back into a society that did its best to ignore his military service. Time after time he failed both himself and his family. Despite hating his father for the violence and grief he had caused, Tate saw himself following in those footsteps.
Tate’s autobiography is graphic and explicit at times, but it is well written. Lovers of biographies and readers who are interested in the consequences of the Vietnam War will enjoy this book.
Don served with the 9th Battalion (The Royal Australian Regiment) in Vietnam.