Cheryl B. reviewed Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty (Dear America) on
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I think this book is one of the best I've read about the issues of the 1960's. (I wouldn't be getting rid of the book except that I have another copy!)
It is written from the point of view of a teenage girl whose brother is in Vietnam. It would probably appeal most to girls.
This diary is based on true people and events but the names in this book have been changed to protect the people. Molly is 15, her brother Patrick 18, just went to Vietnam, voluntarily. Her parents do not want to talk about for fear they will lose their only son. Molly goes to hippy rallies, parties with alcohol and drugs but she does not partake. She does to antiwar protests. She does not agree with the war but she loves her brother and supports him. I was much younger than Molly and I recall some of the events she does. It is hard to understand when the older generation do not have to fight are for the war and the younger ones who do not go to fight are protesting. I hate Vietnam, but we need to support our soldiers. I have been to the Veterans Administration hospitals and the most messed up soldiers that I have seen our Vietnam veterans.
THe companion book to this is Patrick Seamus Flaherty and it is on my wish list.