Seasoned Veteran Parallels Wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan in New Memoir

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William Zoesch’s ‘The Man Who Walked 3500 Miles to Kill Me’ presents readers with author’s account of both wars.

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“I want the readers to laugh, cry, sit astonished and ultimately get a feeling of the blundering Big Government that continues to enter into conflict after conflict,” Zoesch says.

Author and physician William Zoesch, M.D., served in both the Vietnam War and the Afghanistan War, keeping a diary during each conflict. During his time in Afghanistan it dawned on him how similar the two conflicts are, which is the driving point behind his new memoir, “The Man Who Walked 3500 Miles to Kill Me: Reminiscences from VietNam and Afghanistan” (published by Lulu).

Zoesch believes the government learned nothing from Vietnam. In his memoir he points to the current amount of troops present in Afghanistan versus 2004, when he was there, stating this is a mistake the government also made during the Vietnam War.

“The numbers of Vets alive today that experienced both Vietnam and Afghanistan are very few,” Zoesch says. “The first conflict gives you a sharper view of the second.”

Throughout “The Man Who Walked 3500 Miles to Kill Me,” Zoesch discusses many of his noteworthy experiences in both Vietnam and Afghanistan. He then draws comparisons between the two conflicts in hopes of showing readers that the government isn’t infallible.

“I want the readers to laugh, cry, sit astonished and ultimately get a feeling of the blundering Big Government that continues to enter into conflict after conflict,” Zoesch says.

“The Man Who Walked 3500 Miles to Kill Me”
By William Zoesch, M.D.
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 378 pages | ISBN 9781483428734
E-Book | 378 pages | ISBN 9781483428727

About the Author
William Zoesch, M.D., has been a physician since 1978, and as of 2015 has cared for more than 185,000 patients. As an American Board of Emergency Medicine-certified physician, he has cared for patients from America’s inner cities to the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan. His military career started after graduating as a distinguished military graduate from Iowa State University, where he was promoted to second lieutenant in the Army in 1969. He went on to serve in Vietnam from 1971 to 1973, and then served in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005 before being honorably discharged in 2007 at the rank of full colonel.

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