Review: SEMPER COOL by Barry Fixler

JD from Layers of Thought recently reviewed Semper Cool by Barry Fixler for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.  Here’s some of what he had to say:

Fixler pulls no punches in giving an extremely visceral account of what happened. In fact he talks about it in what comes across as an almost offhand and detached manner. The tone was first set by the title of the book (and the cover picture) which I found rather odd at first, given the horrors that he experienced day after day, week after week, month after month. It later transpires that while many combat veterans struggled with something which later came to be called post-traumatic stress disorder, Fixler returned to civilian life and seemed to slot right back into a groove. You can only wonder at his mental fortitude and psyche that allows him to do that. As for the title, he is just immensely proud to have been a Marine, and that just oozes from every page. For him it was “cool”, and there were many things that he did enjoy.

To read the complete review, click here.

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