|Military Writer's Society of America (April 22, 2008)
Reviewed by Jim Stewart for Military Writer's Society of America (April 22, 2008)
To...A Journey to Manhood" is not just another Vietnam War book filled
with clichés about this most misunderstood war. I can almost recite
some of the stereotypes about the war that I have read in other
books/memoirs. This is fresh, this is new. A memoir of a young Lt.
Frank Evans, infantry officer, who started as a grunt officer and ended
his tour of duty with the Special Forces at the battle of Ben Het. This
battle was the only battle between American forces where enemy tanks
also took part.
But, what made me really like this book? The
humor that the author was able to inject into the story. His knife
fight with a Christmas turkey, fighting Viet Cong elephants, and an
elusive VC chicken, all made this otherwise serious look at the daily
grind and terror that the average infantryman went through an
enjoyable diversion. But, when the author needed to take you into the
heat of the battle, especially Ben Het, he did so with great detail.
book is 260 pages with 34 very much appreciated short chapters, and
has many personal photos that the author was able to bring home.
This is an outstanding book.
Deserves the highest rating from MWSA.