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On Thunder Road by Michael Alan Shapiro

On Thunder Road

by Michael Alan Shapiro

332 pages
At the apex of the Civil Rights movement in America, a young man from New Jersey was deployed to fight in our nation’s first fully integrated war. Assigned to the mortar platoon of a rifle company in the 1st Infantry Division, he shared the experience of combat with young men from all cultures and economic backgrounds.

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About the Book
“...this is the only Vietnam story that I felt captured what it was really like to be there.”
— R. Guglielmino

Based on actual events from the Michael Shapiro's tour of duty, On Thunder Road is a novel that paints the Vietnam War with a different kind of brush.

It is not a story of raping locals or burning huts, as Hollywood often portrays soldiers of the war.

It's a story of brothers-in-arms. Of men from all walks of life, sharing everything and relying on each other to survive the crucible of combat.

"... Shapiro captures the sights, sounds, and ironies of the Vietnam War with force and humorous authenticity. 'On Thunder Road' is a great book from the first page to the last paragraph."
— D. Dell

 

Reviews
Michael Shapiro has written an outstanding novel, conveying so accurately the particular experience of Americans fighting a futile war. Shapiro captures the sights, sounds, and ironies of the Vietnam War with force and humorous authenticity. "On Thunder Road " is a great book from the first page to the last paragraph
- Diana J. Dell
I liked Shapiro’s book so much I bought two extra copies to give as gifts. Shapiro let me feel what it was like to be there during that time. I have a lot more respect for those guys who were in Nam than I did before reading On Thunder Road.
- M. Ireland
Of all the books I've read, movies I've seen, this is the only Vietnam story that I felt captured what it was really like to be there. Michael Shapiro's story is not overly sensationalized or dramatized but accurately captures the times and the experiences of the men in battle.
- R. Guglielmino

 

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About the Author
Michael Shapiro, hailed from a middle-class neighborhood where teachers, family and friends all served their country in time of war. His childhood experiences in the Cold War era planted a seed of patriotic duty that came to fruition when he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

 

 

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