Across The Pond by Michael McCormick
Across the Pond by Michael McCormick is the story of a young American who fights for his country during the war in Vietnam, only to be rejected when he returns home. The author, based the book on his personal experience as an infantry squad leader who served in combat.
In the foreword for the book, author Ron Kovic writes, “This little book grips the reader from the very beginning and does not let go.”
Across the Pond is a novella that has a total of 54 pages, so it’s easy to sit down and read in one sitting. I think I read it in about an hour, stopping to take short breaks when the story got too overwhelming.
I have always had a heart for the veterans of the Vietnam era. They were treated poorly when they came home from a horrendous war. Most were unable to even talk about the horrors they witnessed and many suffered with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). These are some of the topics that the author touches on in Across the Pond.
Ron Kovic mentions in his foreword that Across the Pond should be required reading of high school students and I agree. The book, while fiction, gives an accurate view of the American soldier in Vietnam and doesn’t have any questionable language or sexual content. There are some times that I was overwhelmed enough to stop and put it down for a few minutes because what I was reading was emotional.
I highly recommend this book for Vietnam veterans and their families, students wanting to learn more about our American soldiers who fought in Vietnam, and those who are interested in warfare’s effect on the Vietnam soldier.
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I received this book for free from Elite Book Promotions and I am a part of the blog tour for Across the Pond running from March 30, 2015 through April 3, 2015.