Vietnam War Portraits: The Faces and Voices. Thomas Sanders. Casemate Publishers. Publication date: February 19, 2020. ISBN:978-1-61200-7038  Illustrations: 100 portraits, 44 object images.  $39.95

This is not just another book written about the Vietnam War. Vietnam War Portraits brings together the stories of American Vietnam war veterans as well as South Vietnamese war veterans and civilians.

As a reader, you will experience the war and also the lives of those who did service in Vietnam and also those who were against this war.  Words, faces, and voices of civilians and veterans will reach out and grab you.  Modern portraits and firsthand accounts will delight and engage you.

The book is the only one of its kind because it is comprised of American veterans, Southern Vietnamese veterans, objects of war and blends all of their stories into this one book. The reader will be able to take a very close look at those who were on the ground for this war.

As you move through the pages of this book, you will experience veterans’ quotes and short and long accounts covering all literary territory ranging from comical to poignant, and also to inspirational. The portraits will speak to you as you read the words of those pictured.

Vietnam War Portraits will serve as a form of release for many people who were involved in the Vietnam War and honors them by giving them a chance to tell their story, bearing witness to their service, and their involvement and the repercussions of that service.

You will enjoy the many portraits of these veterans and civilians as you read their accounts of their own experiences. For some, you will also be treated to what they looked like while in Vietnam…..Carol

About the author: After graduating from Cal Poly SLO in 2006, Sanders moved to Redondo Beach to begin his career as a photographer.  His photographic coffee table book, The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of WWII were published with Welcome/Books/Rizzoli and named “Non-Fiction Book of the Year, Editor’s Choice” by the Forwards Review Magazine. He is the youngest author to ever win this award. Tom has spoken at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Idaho Historical Society, WWII Museum in New Orleans, and many other locations.


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