|Military Writer's Society of America
A Journey that Needed to be Shared, July 3, 2009
Reviewed by W.H. McDonald, Jr. for Military Writer's Society of America
Vietnam veteran and author E. Franklin Evans has captured something very special in his personal war memoir, "Stand To...A Journey to Manhood".
We get a good glimpse back into the life and times of a "young man"
caught in the vortex of war. The reader is treated to a well written
accounting of his experiences surviving both the traumas of battles and
people. It is historic, personal and entertaining.
This is one
of this decade's "Top 10 Best Memoirs" on the Vietnam War experience.
The story is emotionally presented through the eyes of a young Army
officer - but it is clearly written with the introspection of a much
older author. He looks back at that time and place in his life in an
attempt to understand and come to grips with these events. It is truly
a journey and one that most readers will find well worth taking with
The book gives us some insights on what it was
like in one of the remote Special Forces Camps. The readers will find
themselves fully engaged and on the edge of their seats as they read
about the heavy fighting that took place in and around these camps. The
book is about life and death and about those brave young men who lived
and died a long time ago. But it is obvious that these events for men
like Evans, will never seem that long ago. In their hearts and minds it
is just like it happened yesterday.
This book gets my fullest personal endorsement and recommendation.