Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir


Acclaimed journalist Robert Timberg’s outstanding, long-awaited memoir of his fight to reclaim his existence and locate his calling after being critically burned as a tender Marine lieutenant in Vietnam

In January 1967, Robert Timberg was once a short-timer, counting down the times until eventually his strive against journey ended. He had 13 days to move prior to he bought to return domestic to his spouse in Southern California. That homecoming may ultimately take place, yet no longer in 13 days, and never because the individual he as soon as used to be. the instant his motor vehicle struck a Vietcong land mine divided his lifestyles into prior to and after.

He survived, slightly, with third-degree burns over his face and masses of his body.  it is going to were effortless to offer up.  in its place, Robert Timberg started an laborious and unsure fight back—not simply to actual restoration, yet to a lifetime of meaning.  impressive as his go back to future health was—he continued thirty-five operations, one with out anesthesia—just as extraordinary used to be his determination to reinvent himself as a journalist and input the most public of professions. Blue-Eyed Boy is a gripping, sometimes comedian account of what it took for an bold guy, conscious of his frightful visual appeal yet hungry for that means and accomplishment, to grasp a brand new craft amid the pitying stares and surprised reactions of many he encountered on an everyday basis.

By the Nineteen Eighties, Timberg had moved into the higher ranks of his career, having secured a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard and a role as White apartment correspondent for The Baltimore Sun. unexpectedly his paintings introduced his lifestyles complete circle: the Iran-Contra scandal broke. At its middle have been 3 fellow Naval Academy graduates and Vietnam-era veterans, Oliver North, Bud McFarlane, and John Poindexter. Timberg’s assurance of that tale ended in his first e-book, The Nightingale’s Song, a robust paintings of narrative nonfiction that follows those 3 academy graduates and others—John McCain and Jim Webb—from Annapolis via Vietnam and into the Reagan years. In Blue-Eyed Boy, Timberg relates how he got here to grasp and boost a deep realizing of those 5 males, and the way their tales helped him comprehend the methods the Vietnam struggle and the furor that swirled round it endured to hang-out him, and the state as a complete, as they nonetheless do even now, approximately 4 many years after its dismal conclusion.

Like others of his new release, Robert Timberg needed to commute an unexpectedly not easy and now and then sour highway. In dealing with his personal existence with an analogous instruments of knowledge, human empathy, and storytelling grit he has consistently delivered to his journalism, he has produced essentially the most relocating and significant memoirs of our time.

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