Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge

Boots on the Ground

In March 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson sent troops into Vietnam. 57,939 American soldiers would be killed and seventeen years would pass before this controversial chapter of American history concluded with the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982.The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it's the personal stories of eight people--six American soldiers, one American nurse, and one Vietnamese refug...

Details Boots on the Ground

TitleBoots on the Ground
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, History, War

Reviews Boots on the Ground

  • Kathleen
    National Book Award Longlist for Young Adults 2018. Partridge has written an excellent overview of the Vietnam War. She has blended the personal stories of six soldiers, a nurse, and a Vietnamese refugee with the historical record. Presented in chronological order, Partridge recounts the key decisions of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford that most impacted America’s War in Vietnam. She also includes anti-war events and people that tur...
  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: BOOTS ON THE GROUND: AMERICA’S WAR IN VIETNAM by Elizabeth Partridge, Viking, April 2018, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-670-78506-3“You that never done nothin’But build to destroyYou play with my worldLike it’s your little toyYou put a gun in my handAnd you hide from my eyesAnd you turn and run fartherWhen the fast bullets fly”-- Bob Dylan, “Masters of War” (1963)“‘The bitterness I feel when I remember carrying the lifele...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    An absolute must read history book
  • Stephanie Bange
    This is the second book about the Vietnam Conflict that I have read in as many months. The other (Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman) I gave 4 stars. While it is an excellent survey, it does not break new ground and delivers little information (including photographs) not found in other works.In contrast, Partridge is nothing except fresh in her treatment of our Vietnam experience. The story of the war is told by those who fought it...
  • Ms. Yingling
    ARC provided by the publisherThe conflict in Vietnam was horrible, contentious, and defined the 1960s in many ways. In order to give an all-inclusive look at the many facets of this era, Partridge has arranged interviews with a wide variety of people who were actively involved at the time. There are also chapters relating to people who have since passed away but were essential to what was going on; Nixon, Johnson, Walter Cronkite, and others. Thi...
  • Monica Edinger
    For professional review.
  • Barbara
    The war in Vietnam and the government’s response to it were arguably the most impactful experiences of my formative years. When I speak of those volatile times and compare them in some respects to today’s political climate and the divisions that seem to separate our country, my students tend to look on with boredom or cluelessness because they know very little of the Vietnam War or what happened during the 1960s. According to most of them, th...
  • Nicole R
    There were aspects of this book I really liked, and other aspects that just didn't work for me.First and foremost, stories of the Vietnam War absolutely break my heart. I want to read more about the war itself and how it started and why we stayed in it for so long and the protests in the US, but reading the personal stories of men and women who fought just make my heart hurt.These were kids. Ill-prepared and dropped into the jungle to fight a war...
  • Michael
    I received this book through a Good Reads "First Reads" Give-away. Partridge provides a general history of the United State's Vietnam War through the personal experiences of eight individuals - six soldiers, a nurse, and a Vietnamese refugee. She intersperses those stories with overviews of the key events, both those that occurred in Vietnam and back in the States, through the prism of several major political and cultural personalities. Her prese...
  • Alyssa
    So, so good. First hand accounts that give little peaks into the war, but all together give an overview from the start straight through the memorial dedication. Enough detail to convey the gravity, sadness, destruction of the war, without reading like a textbook or sharing too many details beyond a middle school level. And the pictures... amazing.
  • Kate Bengtson
    #hubchallenge19This is what nonfiction for teens should look like. Heck, this is what nonfiction for anyone should look like. Stories of people who are affected deeply and permanently by the choices of governments. Thoughtful and personal narratives woven intricately into the historical happenings of our world. I knew nothing about the Vietnam War before this book. I am hungry to know more upon finishing it. Indeed, I am ravenous for not just gre...
  • Donna
    Heartbreaking and wonderful. Partridge combines a broad social-political overview of the Vietnam War with personal interviews from 8 survivors. Rather than ending with the withdrawal of American troops, she ends years later with the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial. There’s so much here that I am hearing for the first time. Seeing how Vietnam always seems to be glossed over in history class, I want to hand this to everyone.
  • Erikka
    I grew up on stories of Nam, of valor and sadness and disrespect upon return to the home front. Of lost buddies, weeks without showers, and PTSD that means the war never really ended. Not for many of our troops. Not for my dad. But I grow increasingly concerned that future generations won't know about Vietnam, won't know about the war we protested, the war we begrudgingly fought for a government safe in their marble buildings, the war we lost. Th...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Partridge does a beautiful job of telling the story of the Vietnam using the stories of specific people, from soldiers and medics to LBJ and civilians in Vietnam and protesters and even Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam War Memorial in DC. It is a shockingly compelling read, despite the intensity of the subject matter. She follows each of the soldiers during their time "in-country" and beyond, including a lot of suicidal thoughts and near suicid...
  • Heidi
    Russell Freedman's Vietnam: A History of the War gives a great overview of the war. It focuses on the politics and general strategies. Boots on the Ground focuses on individual experiences. Based on interviews as well as numerous primary source documents, Partridge has created a powerful reading experience. The experiences of both some of the primary decision makers (Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon) are combined with the experiences of a v...
  • Thomas Bell
    Eh. Since this was on some Newbery watch lists, I was hoping for something of the Russell Freedman caliber. Nope, not even close.I was also hoping to learn something about the Vietnam War. This book is hardly a history of the war. It is rather a glimpse into how people felt about the war and how it entered into politics. We learn just a little bit about the coup, the Tet Offensive, the Paris Peace Accords and the American pullout. But not really....
  • Leonard Kim
    The oral histories that make up much of this book are what make this worth the price of admission. The book depicts horrific violence, as well as drug use and racial slurs, but I would give this to my 13-year-old, and indeed he asked if he could read it when he saw me with it. The historical context stuff focusing on presidents and other personages is OK but perhaps doesn’t rise above other treatments and isn’t what makes this book notable. A...
  • Jamie Gregory
    Excellent. The chapters feature various people who were involved in the Vietnam War, based all on personal interviews conducted by the author. The book follows the timeline of the war, and interspersed throughout are chapters on the presidents who led our country through the war. The writing is accessible for students and lots of pictures are included. One chapter features the story of a South Vietnamese young refugee. Another features the story ...
  • Alicia
    It was all at once scattered and dense lacking a fluid narrative to get me invested though certain individual stories caught my attention while others were distracting. Particularly the chapter about Martin Luther King Jr. and his relationship with LBJ, the war, and his speech (in particular because a student was recently researching the speech) and the piece about Maya Lin and all she overcame as a young architectural student (and Asian) when sh...
  • Penny Peck
    Six men and two women dominate this history of the war in Vietnam (from the U.S. perspective), who gave the author in-depth interviews on their experiences. Filled with b&w photos as well as these primary source interviews, this is an excellent choice for middle and high school reports, but also for interest reading since many of those under age 30 really don't know very many details of the war. The book has a nice balance between what happened i...
  • Maggie
    Wow! This is an amazing account of individuals who served in Vietnam and also of the politics of the time. I really liked how the chapters were arranged giving the reader an account of a service member and then an account of history. I have visited the Wall in Washington D.C. and have also viewed the traveling memorial. The feelings that engulfed me were the same in both locations. Partridge has done an outstanding job of making the Vietnam War a...
  • Molly Dettmann
    A moving book about the Vietnam War told through the intimate stories from a few of those who lived through it. I was captivated by the way Partridge captured each person she interviewed and their story set in Vietnam and weaved in all the history and famous figures, presidents, and movements taking place at the same time in America about Vietnam. A pretty amazing piece of young adult nonfiction that personally taught me more about the War with s...
  • Angela
    This is an extraordinary book. Chapters based on personal interviews by the author alternate with chapters on American policy, all in chronological order. The reader can understand what the president was thinking & planning and then read a chapter and see just how his decisions affected a specific man or woman serving in Vietnam. The variety of experiences represented range from the beginning of the war to the end and after.
  • Jennifer
    An impressive variety of first-hand accounts makes this a stand-out in war history, esp. for a war that was so misrepresented and divisive for America. Great timing since we might be headed for another.
  • Loren
    This book was amazing. Very powerful. I only wish that an editor had caught the typo on page 93. Nixon's first day in office was in 1969, not 1968. Hopefully they will fix in future editions.
  • Pam
    An absolutely remarkable, engaging, enlightening piece of nonfiction storytelling that traces the Vietnam war through the stories of 8 people: 6 service members, one nurse, and one refugee. Their powerful stories bring you into the immediacy of the war in a personal and powerful way. Interspersed are narratives of what is happening back home, where we see the political struggles and moments of decision making, war protestors, and amazing photos t...
  • Jami Sailor
    While the story and politics of how the US got involved and stayed involved in Vietnam is oversimplified, the strongest part of this story is the focus on real veterans stories.
  • Janette
    Every chapter was told from a different person's perspective about the Vietnam War. A good read even though it is a painful/sad event in our history. Great pictures!