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“Of all the books on the War in Vietnam, none comes closer to the madness, heroics, and incomprehensibility of The First Door is the Final Exit. As an author and veteran, I was completely blown away with this book. It is absolutely sensational. For WW2, there was Heller-and for Vietnam, Timothy Kenneth O’Neil now occupies center stage. After my final deployment, I swore I would never go back- and yet, the dark truth and darker humor of this work positioned me back in Vietnam. At both the 30,000 foot view and the on-the-ground reality, this book informs, questions, and reminds us what was lost, and what can be learned from this war. Prepare yourself for satire and the reality and vocabulary of combat and death. Truly, a great piece of writing, story-telling, and history all rolled into one."
Andrew Popper is a Professor of Law at American University and award winning author of Rediscovering Lonesome Pine, Sunrise at the American Market and a number of other books and law-related scholarship.
The First Door is the Final Exit is the story of two lovers, separated by 8000 miles and one year, and their individual odysseys through 1969. For Winston it was evolving from a naive college kid to a soldier in Vietnam, and for Veronica, a student nurse, it was the perpetual war with men as they struggled to get through the year. 1969 was a seminal year in modern history: the birth of a massive protest movement, Woodstock, Nixon, a man walking on the moon, Charles Manson & Helter Skelter, the advent of “the Pill” which would forever empower women, Altamont, and 33 young Americans went home in a body bag every day.
The novel is a love story within a war novel within the history of 1969.