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M. Stevens-David Review: "A Field of Innocence" by Jack Estes
By Martha Stevens-David
Apr 30, 2014 - 3:10:26 AM

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The publicity material for "A Field of Innocence" by Jack Estes, describes it as the "re-released, critically acclaimed memoir" of Vietnam veteran and co-founder of the Fallen Warriors Foundation Jack Estes. The author joined the Marine Corps in 1968 as an 18 year old and wrote the book to help other vets in their healing process.

Upon receipt of the book,  I immediately sat down to read it. Having two brothers who were in the United States Army and in Vietnam at exactly the same time as the setting of this story, I wanted to see what they might have experienced through another military man's story.

I cannot adequately describe the feelings this story evoked in me as it took me back to another place and time and it made me sad that we, as Americans, had no real knowledge of the "hell on earth" these poor soldiers were put through.

It is no wonder that after having lived through all that war subjects human beings to, they return to their homeland entirely different human beings and a lifetime of living will never erase those memories from their mind. We can only pray that the governments that govern us will finally learn that "war" can never really be the answer.

A tale well-told that I would recommend everyone read.

Martha Stevens-David

Jack Estes is the author of the critically acclaimed Vietnam memoir, A Field of Innocence from Warner Books. His articles and essays have appeared in Newsweek, The L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, and many more.

He has also written an award-winning screenplay A Soldier's Son, which took first place in 2006 out of 1500 entries at the Film Makers International Screenwriting Contest, top ten at Script Shark, and first place at Willamette Writers Conference. A Soldier's Son has been adapted into a novel that is due for release in 2014.

Estes and his wife created the Fallen Warriors Foundation, to honor the sacrifices of American soldiers and help heal the pain of war. Over the years, Fallen Warriors Foundation has delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars of goods to the poorest villages in Vietnam. Estes also led a group of disabled veterans back to for their healing. He has also led nurses and doctors back to remote villages and primitive hospitals to give care.


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