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War and life in the sixty's. Deserting from the Army and Vietnam.
This report prepared by Craig M. Dokken



DESERTION IN THE TIME OF VIET NAM

Houghton Mifflin, May 2001, 24.00, 293 pp.
ISBN: 0618091556

    This autobiography concentrates on the aftermath of fleeing the United States for Canada by the author during the Viet Nam debacle. Todd provides quite a different perspective when he deserts the Army and his country. That decision which worked out well for Todd as he is a highly regarded journalist still effects him deeply with regrets and sorrow when he chose the exile path at a critical crossroad in his life. Well written, though at times quite maudlin, DESERTION IN THE TIME OF VIET NAM brings home an era when everyone seem to know someone fleeing the draft or the war. However, the uniqueness of his personal story is what happened to him and others after they left home.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for social change    -   fights between different pol/social groups War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   impact on civilian War/Spying    -   Yes Which war?    -   Vietnam

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier    -   journalist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   descript. of female anat. (the big V)    -   main character serviced by prostitute How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book    -   51%-75% of book

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