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Where The Wind Blew - A Short Review and Giveaway

I occasionally get offers of books to review, and usually I’m smart enough to turn them down. I’m sure I miss some good reads, but my experience has been disappointing for the most part when I accept a free book. I violated my self imposed rule recently, and accepted a copy of Where The Wind Blew by Bob Sommer and for a change I wasn’t disappointed. The book is about a sixties Vietnam war protestor, Peter Howell, think a Bill Ayers type, who is involved in the bombing of a defense contractor’s building and the unintentional death of several employees of the company as well as several of his comrades.

Peter Howell, now Peter St. John escapes the carnage and is on the run. He eventually establishes a life, a wife, a family, all in the dark as to his past. His political instincts awakened by some fundamentalist lunacy cause him to run for the school board, a mistake that soon sends him on the run again.

The story paints a vivid picture of the history of the time. I was 18 when the Vietnam War started, and the author does a wonderful job of creating a sense of time and place that brought back my memories of those days. It captured the frustration, the anger, and the helplessness that we all eventually felt about the débâcle that was Vietnam.

The book is a fast paced then and now examination of our country and its culture. I had a hard time putting it down.

I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high.

Note: The offer is open only to currently registered commenters others are welcome to register for future giveaways but will not be eligible for this one. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting.

note: I normally take very good care of my books, but must confess that this one mysteriously acquired a slight coffee stain on the fore edge.

And the winner is, Kaleena



Sounds great! Count me in please!

Sounds interesting. I am a '79 baby from the south so I missed that incredible era. I have been reading a lot on it lately and will add this to my list. Maybe I will be randomly lucky!


i'd love to read this. coffee stain and all.

amazing and sad that we would continue to fight stupid and indefensible wars, after all that was learned in the vietnam debacle. what a wasted opportunity america is/was. we really could have been the "good guys" instead of just yelling that we were, like a psychotic john wayne, as we obliterated villages with napalm and detained people indefinitely without trial.

no, america chose to be a bully. and like a bully, it grows up alone, shamed and shunned.

but finally the youth have voted. in huge numbers. so after jan 20 we may yet see the beginning of a better nation, one worthy of respect and friendship, even loyalty one day, from our dismayed and bewildered friends around the world. one hopes.

hint to clinton and obama: one way to win the hearts and minds of people is to not drop bombs on them.

This really would be a book I'd like to read, Having been of at lest three minds during that time, as part of the green machine, as a resister, and later damaged goods because of those times.

I'll take a copy.

a chance would be great, cheers

please consider me! thanks!

Count me in as well, thanks

Sounds interesting, from a former Vietnam war protester.

Count me in.



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