I am a memoirist by training and by trade. The memoir was a concentration in my doctoral studies, and Vietnam Awakening: My Journey from Combat to the Citizens’ Commission of Inquiry on U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam, was, in part, a demonstration of my mastery of the genre. The link below offers an excerpt from Vietnam Awakening. Readers who wish to read on, are advised to ask their libraries to obtain a copy of the work from the McFarland Publishing Company. A limited number of signed and discounted copies are also available from the author, following the Feedback link on the home page of this site.
Also chosen for inclusion under the memoir heading are two narrative works I have written on the history of my own family. They too are a form of memoir. Research for these narratives was joined to my doctoral studies under the rubrics of the German American experience and the broader field of Migration History, in particular that of the nineteenth century Atlantic Migration. What distinguishes these family narratives from traditional genealogy are precisely the scholarly background against which they are written.
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