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October 26, 2006



Shrug. It's fiction trying to capture a messy authentic reality in Vietnam. He didn't "think it up": it's what most writers dealing with this subject have portrayed.


Shocking, a fiction writer wrote -gasp- fiction.

Have you ever read James Joyce, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, DH Lawrence, or Daniel Defoe, ... I sure you could pick out some choice quotes from these perverts also.

BTW: Didn't the Allen camp already try this ridiculous line of attack a few weeks ago and then gave up after it wasn't sticking? Move on my friend, you can dig up better dirt than this garbage.

This is absurd. For one thing, people are allowed to write books no matter what their job is; also, sometimes books need (gasp!) characters who expouse views that are not the authors. I really don't understand what the big deal is here. Webb wrote a few books that had some adult content. What does Allen's campaign think of Hastert's and Thrumond's novels, which are (perhaps arguably) far more off-color than this?

Disaffected Republican

Maybe a better question to ask: is George Allen capable of writing a book? The answer, of course, is no. George Allen lacks the intellectual capacity to write much of anything, his own speeches included. I'm a former Marine and a staunch Republican. I have read almost all of Jim Webb's books and I would rank him as one of the finest fiction writers of our time. If any of the people making these absolutely asinine comments actually took the time to pick up either "Fields of Fire" or "A Country Such as This", they would be voting for Jim Webb. When reading Webb's books, the thing that becomes so evident about him is that he loves his country with a depth and sincerity most of us can only aspire to. He feels and articulates the struggles and divisions this country went through during the Vietnam era unlike anyone else alive. Webb understands the strength of our nation, and how it is expressed by a black kid from Harlem sitting in a foxhole with a farm boy from Iowa. He describes the horrors and triumphs of war exactly how they should be described - unedited. I've been torn by this campaign between my party and a man I have profound respect for. This criticism about his writings is a sham, and for me, the last straw. To see someone of clearly inferior acumen like George Allen actually criticize another for writing some of this country's best contemporary fiction works is ridiculous. The fact that the man being criticized is a national hero, who fought and bled for this country and then wrote about his experiences, and the man criticizing him has never done a day of public service outside of politics in his entire life, makes it repulsive. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. You're not Republicans, because people who would sink this low don't belong in my party.

sam sherwood

"fields of fire" is on the marine corps professional reading list for the ranks of corporal through sargeant.
http://www.usna.edu/Library/ Mari...Marineread.html

or how about what these “pinkos” think of it:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE REVIEW: “The sound and smell of combat permeates FIELDS OF FIRE with a completeness that is extraordinary and a realism that is almost eerie. … at the end the reader is disappointed only because there is no more good reading. … While the reviewer has not read all of the books about Vietnam, he has read most of them. FIELDS OF FIRE is unquestionably the best. The rest aren’t even close.”

SOLDIER OF FORTUNE MAGAZINE: “If a grateful government wished to extend a meaningful GI benefit to the infantrymen who fought in Vietnam, it could simply send each a copy of FIELDS OF FIRE. They would then know that their suffering, courage and seemingly limitless endurance will be forever recorded. James Webb has immortalized them. …certainly a classic war novel, among the best of the past 35 years.”

these are serious books written by a serious man for serious (adult) readers. george allen is the one who's plastering the airwaves and newspapers of virginia with stuff that was never intended for a family audience.
sam sherwo

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I've just been staying at home waiting for something to happen. I've just been letting everything wash over me. I can't be bothered with anything recently.


I just don't have much to say recently. Maybe tomorrow. Pfft. Whatever. Today was a loss.


I've basically been doing nothing to speak of. Basically nothing seems worth thinking about. I feel like a void, but that's how it is. I've just been hanging out doing nothing.

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