“365 and a Wake-Up” by Frank Jolliff - An Important New Memoir That Looks Back at 365 Days Out of a Decade-Long War

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There are two Vietnams today. One that is real and the other that exists only in the mind’s eye of the soldiers who fought there more than thirty-five years ago. The Vietnam of today has five-star resorts like the Sheraton Hanoi, set on the same streets, where between 1964 and 1975, at the so-called Hanoi Hilton, American POWs were housed at Hoa Lo. For many Americans, they have moved on, for thousands of others Vietnam remains exactly as it was—a battlefield.

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A compelling, deeply personal and revealing look at life on the ground in Vietnam ...

March 8, 1965, the first U.S. combat forces arrive in Vietnam. When the war finally ended in April 1975, more than 2 million American men and women had served in the war effort—and of that, 58,196 names of fallen soldiers have been etched into the wall at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Author Frank Jolliff was just one of those men. From January 1968 to January 1969 he became a warrior and at just twenty years old, he was sent to the rice paddies of Vietnam. He came home with a personal victory—the Silver Star; but it took twenty-five years devoted, as he says, to the memories of those 365 days before he could finish writing his story.

“365 and a Wake-Up: My Year in Vietnam” (Harmonie Park Press) is a compelling, deeply personal and revealing look at life on the ground in Vietnam—a war that remains too complicated, and often too painful, to be understood even for many who served.

The Vietnam War still evokes strong emotions, and nobody who lived through that era is immune. The war in Vietnam simply touched everyone. Reading Jolliff’s insightful look behind the lines is a must-read for those who lived through it and those who could not.

In mini-boot camp, Jolliff recalls his Master Sergeant, who began his welcoming speech, “You popeyed trainees are playing hardball now and if you screw up, you or one of your friends dies. So for the next three days, I want your undivided attention because from now on it’s all for real. Just remember this—there are only two kinds of people in Vietnam, the quick and the dead.”

Frank Jolliff is the kind of man you would want in the foxhole with you, and for that very reason he is exactly the soldier to reveal the truths as he saw it each day, in part as a homage to those who served and for whom the war continues as real as if it had just happened.

To request a review copy or arrange an author interview, contact: Gail M. Kearns
To Press & Beyond, (805) 898-2263

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