By Robert Timberg
Acclaimed journalist Robert Timberg’s remarkable, long-awaited memoir of his fight to reclaim his existence and locate his calling after being critically burned as a tender Marine lieutenant in Vietnam
In January 1967, Robert Timberg used to be a short-timer, counting down the times until eventually his wrestle travel ended. He had 13 days to head earlier than he acquired to return domestic to his spouse in Southern California. That homecoming might ultimately take place, yet now not in 13 days, and never because the individual he as soon as used to be. the instant his automobile struck a Vietcong land mine divided his lifestyles into ahead of and after.
He survived, slightly, with third-degree burns over his face and lots more and plenty of his physique. it should were effortless to renounce. as a substitute, Robert Timberg all started an exhausting and unsure fight back—not simply to actual restoration, yet to a lifetime of that means. amazing as his go back to overall healthiness was—he persevered thirty-five operations, one with out anesthesia—just as amazing used to be his selection 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 formidable 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 role as White condominium correspondent for The Baltimore solar. all of sudden his paintings introduced his existence complete circle: the Iran-Contra scandal broke. At its center have been 3 fellow Naval Academy graduates and Vietnam-era veterans, Oliver North, Bud McFarlane, and John Poindexter. Timberg’s assurance of that tale led to his first e-book, The Nightingale’s tune, 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 increase a deep realizing of those 5 males, and the way their tales helped him comprehend the methods the Vietnam conflict and the furor that swirled round it endured to hang-out him, and the country as a complete, as they nonetheless do even now, approximately 4 a long time after its dismal conclusion.
Like others of his iteration, Robert Timberg needed to shuttle an by surprise not easy and now and then sour highway. In dealing with his personal existence with an identical instruments of knowledge, human empathy, and storytelling grit he has constantly delivered to his journalism, he has produced the most relocating and significant memoirs of our time.
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