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Freedom (America)
by Mike Bond

Published: 2021-11-01T00:0
Paperback : 342 pages
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“An involving, thoughtful tale that explores America’s tectonic shifts leading to Vietnam.” – KIRKUS

From the war-shattered jungles of Vietnam to America’s burning cities, near-death in Tibet, peace marches, the battle of Hué and the battle of the Pentagon, wild drugs, rock ...

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“An involving, thoughtful tale that explores America’s tectonic shifts leading to Vietnam.” – KIRKUS

From the war-shattered jungles of Vietnam to America’s burning cities, near-death in Tibet, peace marches, the battle of Hué and the battle of the Pentagon, wild drugs, rock concerts, free love, CIA coups in Indonesia and Greece, the Six Days’ War, and Bobby Kennedy’s last campaign, Freedom puts you in the Sixties as if it were now.

Mick leaves for the Himalayas while Troy heads to Vietnam with the Marines. Daisy starts her PhD in brain research, and Tara battles heroin as her rock band reaches stardom.

Troy is soon caught up in mind-numbing combat in Vietnam, while Mick returns to the States to lead the antiwar effort. Tara’s band signs a Motown contract amid the Detroit riots. At Stanford, Daisy expands her study of the human brain under LSD and other mind-altering drugs. Troy falls in love with a Vietnamese teacher and is slowly losing faith in the War.

Freedom ends the night before the Tet uprising in Vietnam that will change the War, and trap Troy and his beloved in the fires of hell.

MIKE BOND is the author of nine best-selling and critically acclaimed novels, an award-winning poet, ecologist, and journalist. He has covered wars, revolutions, terrorism, military dictatorships and death squads in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa, and environmental crises worldwide. His novels place the reader in the world’s most perilous places, “in that fatalistic margin where life and death are one and the existential reality leaves one caring only to survive.” (SUNDAY OREGONIAN).

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HUÉ WAS A TROPICAL PARIS, the loveliest city Troy had ever seen. Its ornate boulevards and wide French homes in expansive gardens and palm groves, its classic stone buildings, its bistros, sidewalk cafés, parks and open-air markets all seemed part of a civilized and stable union of east and west far wiser than either by itself. ... view entire excerpt...

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Discussion Questions written by the author:

Sex, drugs & rock’n roll: Did they have long-lasting effects on our culture?

The 1960s were a revolution in America’s history. For the better or worse?

Is fidelity necessary in a close relationship?

Have women really progressed in the last 50 years?

Are racial divides worse now than in the 1960s?

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