Return To Eden
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RETURN TO EDEN is an exploration of one man's and one country's journey from the devastation of war through recovery to healing. Tucker Smallwood served in the U.S. Army Infantry, Airborne from 1967-1970. He commanded a Mobile Advisory Team during the Vietnam War and was severely wounded in action. After recovering from his injuries, Smallwood moved to New York to study acting, establishing a career as a performer on Broadway (Mahalia), in film (Contact, The Cotton Club) and on television (The X-Files, Space: Above and Beyond). Smallwood's essays reflecting upon his military experience have appeared in magazines, but this is the first published collection. There are more than fifty photographs, many from his tour of duty and from his return in 2004. RETURN TO EDEN is also available in audio book formats.
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Aug 18, 2008"A Warrior's Story" Tucker Smallwood tells the story of a harrowing tour of duty with charm, modesty and an understatement that is utterly disarming. He wears his valor lightly whether telling of brutal living conditions, the recreational water skiing that made him an inviting VC target, or the nightmare attack that ended his war. He writes with grace and more than one passage brought a lump to my throat. His descriptions of his recovery and his growing awareness of how deeply the war had affected him are particularly moving. This book will remind you that America's greatest resource is young men like Smallwood who will serve with honor and humanity when called upon. Let's not squander them.
Jan 15, 2008"Return To Eden By Tucker Smallwood" Each individual tour of duty in Vietnam was unique.If you want just a taste of what it was like to be a Mobile Advisory Team Leader in Vietnam,read this book.Its not your typical war story. Sure,there are some combat passages. Hell,the man almost died over there. But you will laugh at the incredulity of water skiing in a combat zone.You'll see the humor in the fire drill of script change day.The respect and admiration he felt for his Vietnamese counterpart is palpable.He shares the pain of civilian losses.He suffers his own pain.Ultimately he gets a parade and moves on with his life.But he never forgets.He returns to this country,to his place of life alteration and finds the children most notable.This is a good book.I know first hand what an Advisor did and this is our story. Daniel P.Reimer 1LT,Infantry Senior Advisor,Mobile Advisory Team 26, II Corps,Tuyen Duc Province,Republic of Vietnam, 1970-71
Dec 4, 2007""Return To Eden"" I found Mr. Smallwood's compilation of essays to be highly engaging, each one laced with potent recollections and passionate insight into an amazing, albeit troubling, time and place in our nation's history. I can't imagine what it must have been like for our soldiers to endure such horrors during the Vietnam War, or any war for that matter, but as I read on, I often felt like I was right there, transported through time, shadowing Tucker as he and his Mobile Advisory Team traversed the canals, rivers, rice paddies and swamps of the Mekong Delta. Written with power and grace, and tinged with the occassional humorous anecdote, "Return to Eden" provides the reader with an accessible porthole through which one can journey back in time to share this unique individual's incredible journey. Hats off to Mr. Smallwood for his undying service to our country, and for his generosity in sharing with us his personal triumph. Carpe diem! Can't wait... More > for the next one. -Robert K. Townsend< Less
Aug 9, 2007"Return To Eden" I just finished reading your book and all I can say is WOW! Exceptionally well written and extremely heartfelt. As you say, you had to have been there to totally understand the mind of a combat soldier. I was touched that you remembered my comments to you about your effect on my life. Everything that I said then was true and still is. I will be forever in your debt for all that you taught me. All the members of my SF team made it through some bad times thanks to to the training and discipline that you taught me. War hurts, but you made the pain bearable. You have also made me re-evaluate going back to Vietnam to get rid of many ghosts. I didn't have the courage before, but this book has given it to me now. William Rapp, LTC, SF(Ret.)
Mar 18, 2007"Memoirs In Brief: Return To Eden" Tucker Smallwood, an actor of some renown, has compiled short, autobiographical essays about his tour of duty, about his family and career, and about his return to Vietnam in Return To Eden. It is an easy and intriguing read. But it is one leaving the reader hankering for more...We look forward to a second, expanded edition. The Veteran - Nov/Dec 2006 The Official Voice of Vietnam Veterans of America
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- by Tucker Smallwood (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Tucker Smallwood
- January 3, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.93 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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