Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans

Synopsis

“Simply the most powerful and moving book that has emerged on this topic.” UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
The national bestseller that tells the truth of about Vietnam from the black soldiers’ perspective. An oral history unlike any other, BLOODS features twenty black men who tell the story of how members of their race were sent off in disproportionate numbers and the special test of patriotism they faced. Told in voices no reader will soon forget, BLOODS is a must-read for anyone who wants to put the Vietnam experience in historical, cultural, and political perspective.
Cited by THE NEW YORK TIMES as One of the Notable Books of the Year
“Superb.”

Dead Presidents is a 1995 crime drama film written by Michael Henry Brown and directed by the Hughes brothers (Albert and Allen Hughes), and starring Larenz TateKeith DavidChris TuckerFreddy RodriguezN’Bushe Wright and Bokeem Woodbine. The film chronicles the life of Anthony Curtis, focusing on his teenage years as a high school graduate and his experiences during the Vietnam War. As he returns to his hometown in The Bronx, Curtis finds himself struggling to support himself and his family, eventually turning to a life of crime.

Dead Presidents is based partly on the real life experiences of Haywood T. Kirkland, whose true story was detailed in the bookBloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans by Wallace Terry. Certain characters from the film are based on real acquaintances of Kirkland, who served time in prison after committing robbery in facepaint.[1] Haywood eventually changed his name to Ari Sesu Merretazon and was released from prison for good behavior and contributing to the prison

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