Fallen Angels Author:Walter Dean Myers A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But viol... more »ence and death aren't the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is even there at all.« less
Although billed as 'teenage reading', would not limit it to just that. Having experienced Viet Nam, found this book very relevant to any age. An in depth pursuit of what it was like in the 'trenches' of Viet Nam during the Tet Offensive. The author was well acquainted with the technical and emotional elements of combat at that time. Excellent narative of a typically tragic and true story.
As a veteran of the Greater Southeast Asian War Games, I feel this book is a good fictional introduction of that conflict to young adults. I especially liked the depiction of frustration in those men fighting the war.