A famous grandfather, one of America's foremost military historians, a brigadier general. His grandson, a new Army Infantry lieutenant. Vietnam. A stand against war. A family ripped apart. This is Reconciliation Road, the story of one man's lifelong commitment to the fight, another man's refusal to fight, and the price they both paid. S. L. A. ...
A famous grandfather, one of America's foremost military historians, a brigadier general. His grandson, a new Army Infantry lieutenant. Vietnam. A stand against war. A family ripped apart. This is Reconciliation Road, the story of one man's lifelong commitment to the fight, another man's refusal to fight, and the price they both paid. S. L. A. Marshall's place in history seemed secure. The author of thirty books about war (including Pork Chop Hill and Men Against Fire), a television commentator and syndicated columnist, "Slam" Marshall was said to have seen more combat in the twentieth century than any other American from his own days as a World War I doughboy in France to his several visits to the killing fields of Vietnam. Then, a decade after Marshall's death, a national controversy called his reputation into question. A major article in American Heritage magazine charged him with fraudulent research and falsifying his past, allegations also featured on the front page of the New York Times. Members of the Marshall family were outraged and urged John, S. L. A.'s grandson, to investigate the story. But John Douglas Marshall hesitated, remembering how his grandfather had disowned him after his honorable discharge from the Army as a conscientious objector. Their once-close relationship had become yet another casualty of the war. Reconciliation Road is the story of John Douglas Marshall's odyssey across America in search of the truth about his grandfather and the roots of their bitter split. It resonates with intriguing encounters of people (General William C. Westmoreland, CBS's Mike Wallace, Vietnam writer Larry Heinemann) and places (Fort Benning, the University of Virginia, theMarshall archives in El Paso, Texas, the grave of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., in Atlanta, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.). Reconciliation Road is one of the few published accounts of a Vietnam conscientious objector, and much more. Part family memoir,
Syracuse University, 1993. xiii, 296 pages. 1st edition. Hardback. Notes. Bibliography. Fine in lightly rubbed Fine-dustjacket. Unread. ISBN: 081560274X Memoir of the grandson of famous author S.L.A. Marshall and the painful family trauma of the Vietnam War and young Marshall's status as conscientious objector and the charges regarding the grandfather's military record. Washington Gov's Writers Award.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-09-06 The author's grandfather, his beloved ``Poppy,'' formally disowned him after he became a Vietnam-era conscientious objector. His grandfather, Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall, was one of America's foremost military historians and a staunch defender of U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Following his death in 1977, the General's personal integrity and his professional integrity and scholarship were called into question in an American Heritage article and in a scurrilous chapter of David Hackworth's About Face. In this intriguing memoir, James Marshall settles accounts with Hackworth, clears up inaccuracies and misleading statements in the article, and presents a compassionate, three-dimensional portrait of ``Slam'' Marshall. The general did stretch the truth about his wartime service, it turns out, and was sloppy on occasion in his research but, as his grandson demonstrates, his reputation among major historians remains high. The author acknowledges that the general was a flawed and ornery cuss at times (in his final years he fought a losing battle against senility) but now regards Poppy's edict of excommunication as ``the desperate act of an embittered old man striking out against someone he loved . . . '' The author is a journalist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer . Photos. (Oct.)
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