About Administrator

I am an associate professor of U.S. history at Brooklyn College.

Guest Lecturer

On 2/18, I gave a guest lecture in Emily Horowitz’s class @StFranciscollege. An engaged bunch of students. I loved having two Vietnam veterans in the class with us! Thank you for this opportunity and privilege!

Reader Mail

I don’t often receive email about Bringing It All Back Home, so when I do, it is a treat. I found this in my Facebook messages this morning:

“Good Morning Phil, So I thought I had read “Bringing it all Back Home”. I hadn’t, I was wrong. I finished it last night at about 2:00 AM. I found myself in your book, such commonalities as to be creepy. The event that stirred me to activism was the Welcome home parade for the Iranian hostages. I also went on a 25-year bender, drinking myself into oblivion nearly every night. I joined the VVAW and left because they became too radical. I “Found” VVA at a street fair in Queens I was covering for a local newspaper. Pat Toro recruited me. Clean and sober since 2003, I got really active in VVA. I still have nightmares (Sleeping and waking) but I’m in a group at the Vet Center that meets weekly. I thank you for writing “Bringing it All Back Home” and I’ll be telling others about it. If a Vietnam Veteran Can’t see himself in the book, he isn’t looking. Thanks once again.”

Oral History and Moral Injury

Academic publication frequently means “print.” The @oralhistreview has given me the opportunity to share some of the audio recordings that shaped my understanding of moral injury. Listen here: http://oralhistoryreview.org/ohr-authors/oh-moral-injury-and-vietnam-vets/ … #moralinjury #oralhistory

New Mini-Documentary

Brooklyn College has posted a mini-documentary featuring me and two women who served in Vietnam. (Gotta say, I ain’t a TV natural!)

This was shot over a year ago, and it highlights two amazing women. Sue O’Neil was a nurse at the 27th Surgical Hospital in Vietnam, and Dr. Jeannie Christie served as a Red Cross volunteer in Vietnam – a ‘Donut Dolly.’

We did this because it is my opinion that the Ken Burns epic documentary on Vietnam that airs in fall 2017 severely slighted the stories of American women in Vietnam. As Dianne Carlson Evans, the founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial frequently points out, perhaps 260,000 American women lived worked and served in Vietnam during the war years.