'Bringing It All Back Home'

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'Bringing It All Back Home'

An Oral History of New York City's Vietnam Veterans

book coverBringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans examines the impact that the Vietnam War had on a group of young New Yorkers before, during and after the war. This book tells the story of a small sampling of these men and women. Their return from the war was a confusing time and many were met with uncertainty about the war and their role in it. The interviews shared in this book are a powerful look at the true and lasting cost of war and the impact it has on both the soldier’s lives and their loved ones.

Philip F. Napoli chose to work with New Yorkers because, according to his project’s website, there are roughly 80,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in New York City. If Vietnam-era veterans were an immigrant group in NYC, they be the ninth largest.
 
There are many oral history projects taking place throughout the United States focusing on Vietnam veterans.
 
Locally, there is The Veterans History Project at The Library of Congress, which encompasses veterans of all wars.