Winter Soldiers: An Oral History of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War
This is the story of the soldiers who spoke their conscience and helped end the war in Vietnam.
The war in Vietnam left an indelible mark on those who took part in it and spawned an antiwar movement more popular than any other in U.S. history. In all that has been written about the war, rarely do the worlds of the Vietnam veteran and the antiwar demonstrator come together. Yet in an articulate and determined organization known as Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), the two made common cause.
Winter Soldiers recovers this moving chapter in the history of the Vietnam War era. Bringing together the voices of more than thirty former and current members of the VVAW, oral historian Richard Stacewicz offers a powerful account of the impact of the war on the lives of individuals and the nation.
In 1971, a documentary film was made of the Winter Soldier hearings conducted by Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Their testimony has helped to inspire a new generation of antiwar veterans to provide eyewitness accounts of the current-day occupations in cities across the country.
“Stacewicz has captured the simple, rough-hewn elegance of the voices of Vietnam veterans. As in other wars, the ordinary soldier always has the most extraordinary words for history.”
—Stanley Kutler, editor, The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War
“Winter Soldiers is an immensely valuable contribution to the history of the Vietnam War. It brings to life, through the words of the veterans themselves, the journey each individual made, through the crucible of combat, from warrior to protester.”
“By turns irreverent and painfully sincere, Winter Soldiers will transform stereotypical views of both veterans and the antiwar movement.”
—Marilyn Young, author of Vietnam Wars 1945–1990