Blue-eyed Boy

Blue-eyed Boy

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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"From journalist Robert Timberg, a memoir of the struggle to reclaim his life after being severely burned as a Marine lieutenant in Vietnam. In January 1967, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended. He had thirteen days to go when his vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns of his face and much of his body. He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter. Remarkable as was his return to health--he endured no less than thirty-five operations--perhaps more remarkable was his decision to reinvent himself as a journalist, one of the most public of professions. Blue-Eyed Boy is a gripping, occasionally comic account of what it took for an ambitious man, aware of his frightful appearance but hungry for meaning and accomplishment, to master a new craft amid the pitying stares and shocked reactions of many he encountered on a daily basis. Timberg was at the top of his game as White House correspondent for The Baltimore Sun when suddenly his work brought his life full circle: the Iran-Contra scandal broke. At its heart were three fellow Naval Academy graduates and Vietnam-era veterans. Timberg's coverage of that story resulted in his first book, The Nightingale's Song, a powerful work of narrative nonfiction that follows the three academy graduates most deeply involved in Iran-Contra--Oliver North among them--as well as two other well-known Navy men, John McCain and James Webb, from the academy through Vietnam and into the Reagan years. In Blue-Eyed Boy, Timberg relates how he came to know these five men and how their stories helped him understand the ways the Vietnam War and the furor that swirled around it continue to haunt the nation, even now, nearly four decades after its dismal conclusion. Timberg is no saint, and he has traveled a hard and often bitter road. In facing his own remarkable life with the same tools of wisdom, human empathy, and storytelling grit he brought to his journalism, he has produced one of the most moving and important memoirs of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594205668
1594205663
Branch Call Number: 070.92 T481B 2014
Characteristics: 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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erinsnest
Jun 21, 2016

After listening to "The Nightingale's Song". I researched Robert Timberg, and found this book, I really enjoyed reading it, (I love his easy style) and this wasn't anything like I thought it would be. A great story of resilience, and so candid about his own failings, as a father and husband!...... I'm on to the next two books that I found while reading this one, "The Best And The Brightest by David Halberstam, and "I Heard My Country Calling" by Jim Webb. (Both not in our system, but will donate Jim's book when finished.....David's is too old, but is available in Alberta through TAL, but is so large I decided to spend the 12 bucks for an old copy on Amazon so that I could read it s l o w l y! Jim was running for president last fall, but Hillary beat him out, and unfortunately, he can't afford to run as an independent. (Will Trump win???? So glad I live in Canada, even though we have a poster boy with canned speeches!)

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