This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.
We have always loved learning about history in our homeschool. But, we don’t usually pull out the regular history textbooks when it comes to learning history though. Instead, we have a love of real stories of what happened, first-hand accounts of those who were there. Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge is one of those books that has been read and loved in our house!
In this 224-page book, you will get first-hand accounts from 8 different people who were a part of this war in one way or another. We meet and hear from six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee. Each story takes up one chapter. Mixed between these stories are the profiles of critical American leaders and events that were happening at home during this time. We also see over one hundred photographs to go with each chapter.
The stories and pictures are real. They take us to the war, right to the frontline. We are not censored from what happened, and because of this, this book should be for ages 12 and up.
Moe Man loved this book. When he saw it sitting on the table, he picked it up and started reading through it. He wanted to know if this was for school or just to read. He would have read it either way, but I told him it was a free reading book. I won’t mention to him that the things he will learn from this book go beyond anything I would hope for him to learn from school.
This is an easy to read book, but only in the sense of the way, it was written. The stories were sincere, they were personal. You felt the way the people felt as you read their stories. You knew the anger, fear, and happiness just by reading what is written. Elizabeth Partridge wrote this book and kept all the feelings that were present. You are drawn in and want to read more.
While I didn’t use this for our school, this could easily be added to a history unit on the Vietnam war. This book will bring the war to life for you and your children. You will not set this book down feeling the same way as when you picked it up.