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Well Done, Those Men attempts to make sense of what the Vietnam War did to the soldiers who fought there.

Australian Barry Heard was conscripted in the first national service ballot and served in Vietnam as an infantryman and radio operator. His stories have received the Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Award and the Sir Weary Dunlop Prize.

It was also the People’s Choice in the Nation Year of Reading 2012.

In this intensely personal account, Heard draws on his own experiences as a young conscript, along with those of his comrades, to look back at life before, during and after the Vietnam War.

The result is a sympathetic vision of a group of young men who were sent off to war completely unprepared for the emotional and psychological impact it would have on them.

It is also a vivid and searingly honest portrayal of the author's post-war, slow-motion breakdown, and how he dealt with it.

His work deals with the comic absurdity of their military training and the horror of the war they fought, and is unforgettably moving in recounting what happened to Barry and his comrades when they returned home to Australia.

As we now know, most Vietnam vets had to deal with a community that shunned them, and with their own depression, trauma and guilt. Heard's sensitive account of his long journey home from Vietnam is a tribute to his mates, and an inspiring story of a life reclaimed.

Says one reviewer: "This is a powerful, beautifully written book that should be read by everyone who wants to understand the evil, senseless personal damage done by war." - Sydney Morning Herald

Well Done, Those Men: Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran by Harry Heard was published by Scribe Publications, Victoria, Australia, in 2007. It is a 303-page 13.5x21cm soft cover in almost new condition.

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