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In Black And White
by Dick G Williamson PhD   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1592865941
Pages: 

188

Copyright:  Mar 1 2003

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In Black and White chronicles the lives of two soldiers:one black and one white. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam warm the book explores an unlikely friendship that blossoms in the midst of lonelinessm racism, and the horrors of war, Their bond is a source of stability as they confront the unfamiliar world aroun them and the personal demons that dwell within.

Plei Bong Yon was replete with colorful birds that screeched annoyingly when half dressed soldiers came too near. It was indeed a hell hole plain and simple. It was difficult to imagine how the people who lived here could be deeply religious, or at least some of them. Always bowing and bobbing at pot bellied effigies whose hands and arms were sculptured in unnatural poses. Rick shook his head in dismay. He just couldn't help but wonder what it was all about. He surmised that if it would truly help to bow and bob at a piece of polished rock, he would do it just like the gooks in order to get out of the shit. In the distance, a recon squad from the 4th Infantry Division faded into the rubber trees. There was heavy fighting in the Le Trung Valley and the soldier knew they would eventually wind up there. Everyone hated the Le Trung. It was filled with so much moroseness that the air was permeated with a stench so foul that you learned to hold your breath incredibly long. For many, crying became such a useless emotional tool that tear ducts dried like a mother's milk less breasts, starving her helpless child to death.He gazed around the sandbag quarters and hoped there wouldn't be anymore fire missions. The soldier thought about how nice it would be to drift off to sleep like Rip Van Winkle and when he awakened, someone in authority would be standing over him saying, "Okay Get up, you can get up now. It's time to go home." God! Home. The mere mention of the word knotted the muscles in his stomach until each breath became a labored gasp. The unpleasantness of being trapped in some violent painting. Locked into a morose gallery that outsiders peered into to watch the hand painted hostages. Meat everywhere! God! Everywhere meat! So prevalent that he was constantly taking inventory of his body, then sighing in deep relief when he discovered it was the other guy. 


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Reader Reviews for "In Black And White"

Reviewed by Valerie Boggess 10/7/2003
God bless you Dick for writing your story. I am married to a Vietnam Vet. Best wishes are sent your way for your "In Black and White."
Reviewed by BJ Lawry 6/13/2003
No matter the years that pass, stories still abound about Vietnam. From every back fence, every living room, every bar stool, we can hear again about the war that nobody wanted, the war where friends were made amid an enemy we didn't know, where young men fought and died for a cause never validated.

Dick Williamson's Rick Gleason is one of those young men--a husband and father--who thought of Canada, but then did his duty and stood in line to do his part. On the battlefield, he makes a friend such as he's never had and a special bond is formed, only to be severed by the harshness rampant in a magnificently lush South Asia terrain.

Surrounded by the things that men do in the name of
honor, Rick can think only of his son, missing his second birthday, while at home his wife is feeling the pain of separation, wondering if it's already over, and seeking solace in the only way she knows how.

Williamson's writing of "In Black and White" is crisp, sometimes harsh, always compassionate, and we get the feeling that he had to have "been there, done that." It makes me remember a time when I myself wanted to join up but cowered away because I knew I'd be sent to Vietnam. My brother, however, did join, and he was never the same thereafter, although he was one of the lucky ones who came home.

"In Black and White"--though it's been told before--
deserves to be told again and again, and to be read.
They were all heroes.

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