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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran
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'Australian Vietnam vet Barry Heard draws on his own experiences as a young conscript, along with those of his comrades, to look back at life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. The result is a sympathetic vision of a group of young men who were sent off to war completely unprepared for the emotional and psychological impact it would have on them. It is also a vivid and searingly honest portrayal of the author's post-war, slow-motion breakdown, and how he dealt with it. Well Done, Those Men attempts to make sense of what Vietnam did to the soldiers who fought there. It deals with the comic absurdity of their military training and the horror of the war they fought, and is unforgettably moving in recounting what happened to Barry and his comrades when they returned home. As we now know, most Vietnam vets had to deal with a community that shunned them, and with their own depression, trauma, and guilt. Barry Heard's sensitive account of his long journey home from Vietnam is a tribute to his mates, and an inspiring story of a life reclaimed.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • An abridged version of Well Done Those Men, read by the author, was broadcast on ABC Radio National program First Person for ten sessions (two weeks) from Monday 24th April 2006.

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    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2005 .
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      Extent: ix, 290p.p.
      ISBN: 1920769269

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Untitled Tristan Swanwick , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21-22 April 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
[Review Essay] Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Seumas Spark , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 5 2007;

— Review of Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
The Vietnam Experience and the Australian Folk's New Legend J. S. Ryan , Susan L. Mason , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November vol. 22 no. 2007; (p. 182-192)
Westerly Non-Fiction Review 2006-2007 Peter Pierce , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 52 no. 2007; (p. 160-171)

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Books Non-Fiction Mary Philip , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 - 10 June 2007; (p. 24)

— Review of Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
Survivor's Horror Terry Oberg , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 - 24 April 2005; (p. 7)

— Review of Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
In Short : Non-Fiction Bruce Elder , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 June 2005; (p. 27)

— Review of Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
Well Done That Man! Tony Smith , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: AQ : Journal of Contemporary Analysis , May-June vol. 77 no. 3 2005; (p. 37-40)

— Review of Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
Casualties of War Patrick Morgan , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 49 no. 11 2005; (p. 88-90)

— Review of Russian Anzacs in Australian History Elena Govor , 2005 single work non-fiction ; Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
Into the Heat of Battle Ian Orchard , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 April 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Gallipoli Correspondent : The Frontline Diary of C.E.W. Bean C. E. W. Bean , 1983 single work diary ; The Straits Impregnable Sydney de Loghe , 1916 single work novel ; Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran Barry Heard , 2005 single work autobiography
The Vietnam Experience and the Australian Folk's New Legend J. S. Ryan , Susan L. Mason , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November vol. 22 no. 2007; (p. 182-192)
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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    Australia,
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  • 1960s
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