Veteran journalist Ron Steinman gathers candid reminiscences from seventy-six men (including Senator John McCain) who lived through the brutalities of combat in the Vietnam War. A Soldiers' Story provides a vivid and gripping oral history of the fear, fellowship, trauma and triumph of these Marine, Army, Air Force, and Navy veterans. Complete with maps and battlefield photographs, these indespensable first-hand accounts provide a unique front-line record of Vietnam - from its surreal horrors, to the comradeship and courage forged in battle.
From the jungles of Southeast Asia to life back in the United States as veterans of an unpopular war, A Soldiers' Story also includes complete and updated biographies of the brave men who are profiled. This is a book that goes beyond the military and political implications of Vietnam, to the truth of what the war cost - and who actually paid the price.
Ron Steinman has worked as a journalist with NBC News for 35 years. He wa a writer and field producer for Chet Huntley Reporting, a writer on the Huntley-Brinkley show and worked on documentaries before going to Saigon as bureau chief for NBC News in 1966. After leaving Saigon, he served as South East Asia bureau chief based in Hong Kong, then moved on to London as bureau chief. There, among many other stories, he covered the Troubles in Northern Ireland from 1969 to1973. On returning to New York, Ron became general manager of special programs during Watergate. He then went to Washington as producer for Today. Returning to New York had senior producer positions on the Today Show where he helped create and produce Early Today. He was a senior producer for specials and a producer for Sunday Today. As ABC News Productions, he produced documentaries for A&E, The History Channel, and the documentary series, "The Soldiers' Story" for The Learning Channel. He has been a writer and executive editor for the digital magazines, The Digital Journalist and The Digital Filmmaker. He is currently a partner, producer and writer at Douglas/Steinman Productions where he directed the documentaries, "Luboml: My Heart Remembers," and "My Grandfather's House" and "The Dance Goodbye." He is the author of A Saigon Journal: Inside Television's First War,The Soldiers' Story, Women in Vietnam, and a novel, Death in Saigon.