James Toscano’s ‘Surviving Vietnam’ Released

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Poetry book shares one brave soldier’s personal story on how Vietnam War affected him

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Can two sides be right? Who's being told the lie? But neither him nor I planned to die!

James Toscano had longed to have a compilation of poems to be published in a book someday. Toscano fought in Vietnam at age 22, from 1968-1970. Although he had passed away in 2011 at age 64, his wish to have his poems contained in a book has finally happened through the efforts of his sister, Mary Mickelson. In “Surviving Vietnam” (published by iUniverse), Toscano’s heartfelt poems illustrate his experiences and feelings while in Vietnam.

This poetry book traces how war can take away the life of a young, healthy, fun-loving guy looking forward to his future, and send him to fight overseas in a foreign land for the U.S. It also exposes the challenges upon returning from the horror of being surrounded by battle, death, fear and pain, how difficult it can be to return to the U.S. and just proceed as if nothing happened.

Containing 32 poems, “Surviving Vietnam” helps those who are suffering to know they are not alone. “These poems helped Jimmy get his feelings out and helped him survive, and his hopes were that they will someday help others who are struggling from the affects of war.”

An excerpt from this book, particularly from the poem First Time:
Can two sides be right?
Who's being told the lie?
But neither him nor I planned to die!

“Surviving Vietnam: The Writings of One Soldier—The Feelings of Many”
By James Toscano
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 88 pages | ISBN 9781532009105
E-Book | 88 pages | ISBN 9781532009099
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
James Toscano graduated from Chisholm Senior High School and Hibbing Community College. He went on to attend The University of Minnesota Duluth. He proudly served his country from 1968-1970, winning medals of honor, valor and recognition. Upon his return to the United States, his life had changed forever. Many veterans passed away from cancer, possibly caused by Agent Orange from the jungles of Vietnam, including Toscano at age 64. Recently, his sister was able to make his dream come true. In his honor, she named his poem book, “Surviving Vietnam.”

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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