What Was the War and What Is Vietnam Really Like?
Ever go to a sports event and read the next day’s newspaper account of the game, swim or track meet? Often it seems as though the sportswriter saw a different game than you did. Travel guides seem the same way. The authors don’t speak from personal knowledge: rather they seem to borrow heavily from older editions or books written by others, frequently while seated at a desk in Melbourne or New York. In Three Tastes of Nuoc Mam, Douglas Branson writes from personal experience. He fought in the Vietnam War and also traveled extensively throughout the country, first in 1995 and again in 2011. This book contains accurate descriptions, including criticisms and observations both favorable and unfavorable, well told.