Tour of Duty
John Kerry and the Vietnam
Written and Read
by Douglas Brinkley
Covering more than four decades, this illuminating study is the definitive
account of John Kerry’s journey from war to peace.
“Written by acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley, this is the first
full-scale, intimate account of John Kerry’s Navy career. Brinkley has drawn on
extensive interviews with everyone who knew Kerry well in Vietnam. Kerry also
entrusted to Brinkley his letters home and his voluminous “War Notes” –
journals, notebooks, and personal reminiscences written during and shortly after
Throughout Tour of Duty Brinkley deftly deals with such explosive issues
as U.S. atrocities in Vietnam and the bombing of Cambodia. In a series of
unforgettable combat-action sequences, Brinkley recounts how Kerry won the
Purple Heart three times for wounds suffered in action and was awarded the
Bronze Star and the Navy’s Silver Star for gallantry in action.
When Kerry returned home a highly decorated soldier, he joined the Vietnam
Veterans Against the War, becoming a prominent antiwar spokesperson. He
challenged the Nixon administration and as Kerry’s public popularity soared, the
FBI considered him a subversive. Brinkley reveals how White House aides tried to
discredit Kerry. Refusing to be intimidated, Kerry ran for public office,
eventually becoming a U.S. senator. He never forgot his fallen comrades. Working
with Senator John McCain, he returned to Vietnam numerous times looking for MIAs
and POWs, becoming the leading proponent of “normalization” of relations with
Vietnam. When President Clinton officially recognized Vietnam in 1995, Kerry’s
three-decade-long tour of duty had at long last finally ended.”
Audio book is brand new and sealed. Copyright HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
Retail price $29.95. Six hours | five compact discs. Abridgement approved by the
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