Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is not politically correct or idealistic. It is not just another book about Agent Orange or the Vietnam War; it is the “silver bullet” which cuts through the complexity of the circumstances and pesticides used during the Vietnam War—highly toxic herbicides and insecticides which in some cases are still being used to this very day all over the world.
The book is much more than a memoir of one Vietnam veteran’s struggles over the decades after the war. It is a full-length analysis of the various conditions in Vietnam and the chemicals that were dispersed on not only the enemy but also on US service personnel. Pat Hogan, the author and the main subject in the biography portion of the book, chronicles his early life and enlistment into the war in the mid-’60s. He starts with the life story of a friend and fellow vet, Larry White, who died decades later from numerous complications of the pesticides he was exposed to while stationed in Vietnam.
Hogan returned from Vietnam in ’69 and started having health difficulties himself. He became a police officer and then a police academy instructor. It is this occupational skill set—his investigative and analytical ability—that truly brings a high impact to the rest of the book. As you read through the volumes of information, you will be absolutely stunned at what the US government had willingly dumped on Vietnam and its own troops. In fact, in the book’s postscript Hogan even makes a case for some of those same chemicals still being used today on you and your children, not just in the U.S. but all over the globe.
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