By Robert Timberg
Acclaimed journalist Robert Timberg’s notable, long-awaited memoir of his fight to reclaim his existence and locate his calling after being significantly burned as a tender Marine lieutenant in Vietnam
In January 1967, Robert Timberg used to be a short-timer, counting down the times till his strive against travel ended. He had 13 days to move sooner than he received to return domestic to his spouse in Southern California. That homecoming might ultimately ensue, yet no longer in 13 days, and never because the individual he as soon as was once. the instant his motor vehicle struck a Vietcong land mine divided his lifestyles into prior to and after.
He survived, slightly, with third-degree burns over his face and masses of his physique. it'll were effortless to renounce. in its place, Robert Timberg started an laborious and unsure fight back—not simply to actual restoration, yet to a lifetime of that means. awesome as his go back to healthiness was—he continued thirty-five operations, one with no anesthesia—just as striking used to be his choice to reinvent himself as a journalist and input some of the most public of professions. Blue-Eyed Boy is a gripping, sometimes comedian account of what it took for an bold guy, conscious of his frightful visual appeal yet hungry for which means and accomplishment, to grasp a brand new craft amid the pitying stares and stunned reactions of many he encountered on an everyday basis.
By the Eighties, Timberg had moved into the higher ranks of his career, having secured a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard and a task as White residence correspondent for The Baltimore solar. unexpectedly his paintings introduced his existence complete circle: the Iran-Contra scandal broke. At its middle have been 3 fellow Naval Academy graduates and Vietnam-era veterans, Oliver North, Bud McFarlane, and John Poindexter. Timberg’s assurance of that tale ended in his first ebook, The Nightingale’s track, a robust paintings of narrative nonfiction that follows those 3 academy graduates and others—John McCain and Jim Webb—from Annapolis via Vietnam and into the Reagan years. In Blue-Eyed Boy, Timberg relates how he got here to grasp and improve a deep knowing of those 5 males, and the way their tales helped him comprehend the methods the Vietnam battle and the furor that swirled round it endured to hang-out him, and the kingdom as an entire, as they nonetheless do even now, approximately 4 many years after its dismal conclusion.
Like others of his new release, Robert Timberg needed to trip an without notice tough and from time to time sour highway. In dealing with his personal existence with an analogous instruments of knowledge, human empathy, and storytelling grit he has regularly dropped at his journalism, he has produced some of the most relocating and critical memoirs of our time.
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