As a journalist, Paxton Andrews would experienceÂ Â Vietnam firsthand. We follow her from high school in Savannah toÂ Â college in Berkeley and then to work in Saigon.
For the soldiers sheÂ Â knew and met there, Viet Nam would change theirÂ Â lives in ways they could never have imagined. For the menÂ Â in her life, Viet Nam would change their lives in ways hey could notÂ Â escape or deny. PeterÂ Â Wilson, fresh from law school, was a new recruitÂ Â who would confont his fate in Da Nang. RalphÂ Â Johnson, a seasoned AP correspondent, had been inÂ Â Saigon since the beginning. He knew Vietnam and theÂ Â war inside out. Bill Quinn, captain of the Cu ChiÂ Â tunnel rats, was on his fourth tour of duty and itÂ Â seemed nothing could touch him. Sergeant TonyÂ Â Campobello had come to Vietnam from the streets ofÂ Â New York to vent a rage that had followed him all the way to Saigon.
For seven yearsÂ Â Paxton Andrews would write an acclaimed newspaperÂ Â column from the front before finally returning to theÂ Â States and then attending the Paris peace talks.Â Â But for her and the men who fought in Viet Nam,Â Â life would never be the same again.