Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War by Patrick Hogan

Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War historical book promotion Patrick Hogan

During my years of research, I have quite literally reviewed thousands of studies and documents. The vast majority of those records came to the same inescapable conclusions as I eventually did at the end of my investigation. Low-level exposures to just the various known chemicals listed in my book will attack living organisms on an undetected hormonal, genetic, and cellular/molecular level, producing covert systemic damage and alterations to immune, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, and neurological systems of any human unlucky enough to be put in their path. Exactly how that damage and those alterations manifest depends on the several complex exposure factors.

Regrettably, I couldn’t go back over the last half a century to get a do-over or to have the war conducted differently. I couldn’t force our legislative or military leaders to make better decisions. I couldn’t rewrite the unpleasant history of the Vietnam War, with all the numerous negative impacts that war had on me and every other soldier, marine, or sailor who served the United States in South Vietnam and the blue waters of the surrounding ocean.

The very best I could do, almost a half century after the war, was to write an account of how veterans were betrayed and describe their exposures to the toxic pesticides and abhorrent conditions of the Vietnam War. All in the sincere effort to correct the present so that what occurred in South Vietnam will never happen again to new generations of military personnel, their families and their children and quite possibly their grandchildren’s children.

The mountain of evidence presented in the book points to one common sense conclusion: Exposure to the tactical pesticides used in the Vietnam War was extremely injurious to the health of military personnel, as well as, the health of anyone else exposed to them. Despite all the facts, the government still places the burden of proof on veterans instead of taking responsibility for the mess they made during the Vietnam War or in the words of Dr. Jeanne Stellman; the Vietnam War is, "the largest unstudied environmental disaster in the world."

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