Youth In Asia: The Vietnam War’s 1968 Tet Offensive in The Central Highlands — Young men will change. Some will die by Allen Tiffany is the recollection of a fictional soldier. For such a long title the book itself is rather short. The length is not so important as how well or original the story the story being told. Perhaps it’s my age but I have seen and read plenty on Vietnam as well as hearing stories and serving under those who have fought in Vietnam.
Although written to be a complete story, I felt that it was only an excerpt from a book or an episode of a television series. There is action and frustration and death and wanting to live to make it home again. Overall, however, I found it average in the whole Vietnam genre. Vietnam is a difficult subject as the nonfiction is as compelling as the best fiction. Up against Caputo’s Rumor of War or the fictionalized real life like Hasford’s The Short Timers(later made into the movie Full Metal Jacket). It’s a tough crowd to break into and although well written Youth in Asia teeters on the edge.