• Walking Point

  • From the Ashes of the Vietnam War
  • By: Perry A. Ulander
  • Narrated by: Alan Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Walking Point

By: Perry A. Ulander
Narrated by: Alan Ross
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Publisher's Summary

In this intimate memoir, Perry A. Ulander chronicles with powerful clarity the bewildering predicament he confronted and the fellowship and guidance that transformed him during the year he served as an American GI in the jungles of Vietnam. Conveying with unadorned precision the harrowing experiences that shattered his core beliefs, Ulander also captures the camaraderie and humor of his platoon, the hostility between "lifers" and draftees, the physical hardships of reconnaissance missions, and the unrelenting apprehension underlying everyday life. Ultimately he describes the surrendering of social norms and accepted identities that allowed him to glimpse a previously unimagined realm of heightened awareness.

Written after a lifetime of reflection on the nature of war and the effects of violence and domination on the minds and spirits of those forced to practice them, Walking Point offers a powerful narrative for listeners with an interest in the effects of war and violence, American involvement in Vietnam, PTSD, and how trauma can be a catalyst for spiritual transformation. Giving voice to profound insights gained through extreme adversity, Ulander movingly captures the depth of trust and commitment among a group of unwitting warriors who struggled to stay alive and sane in unchartered territory.

Contents:
Chapter 1: Into the Unknown
Chapter 2: The Magic Poncho Liner
Chapter 3: Initiation
Chapter 4: Head On
Chapter 5: The Valley of the Shadow
Chapter 6: Into the Light
Chapter 7: Short Time
Chapter 8: No Time
Chapter 9: Home

©2016 Perry A. Ulander (P)2016 North Atlantic Books

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Bad transitions

the audio transitions suddenly, there are no pauses between paragraphs and the tone changes at random.

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Memories hurt, forgetting hurts more

This is a moving story of what it's like. It's about the coming to grips with the inhuman horror of war and the brotherhood of fellow soldiers. As a grunt, it spoke to my heart. I know all combat soldiers are conflicted in their feelings of hating the war and loving, and missing the comradery that only develops among men who share everything, because hiding your feelings behind a wall is impossible.

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Story of a drafted pot smoking grunt

These are the types of stories that come from drafted soldiers of long ago. It’s not an interesting book of a true warrior who walked point during missions to locate and terminate the enemy. I would not recommend this book for listening.

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I listened to the whole story

I have listened to quite a few books about the Vietnam war. This book gave me a whole new perspective. No real action, but a new perspective on the lives of the Potheads.

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An intimate journey into the Vietnam ground war

A brave personal expression of the grunts emotional experience without any forced glorification of combat

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Astonishing and inspiring!

A truly fascinating memoir from a Vietnam soldier whose spirit triumphs beyond any imagination conceivable.

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  • 01-12-22

fantastic

This has been my favourite so far. Did not want it to end. well written.

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  • 01-12-21

Powerful, Mesmerising and Inspiring!

I was deeply moved and inspired by this book and did not want it to end. Perry's account of his time in the Vietnam War and the ways in which he changed and was transformed through the extreme tension he found himself in and realisations he had, is fascinating and extremely powerful! If you are only after a regular action packed war story this book may not be for you. The altered states of consciousness and heightened awareness he reached through his own awareness control and explorations are truly beautiful. The raw natural surroundings and fascinating characters around him all added to this personal and spiritual transformation. I listened to this book over the same time as a group of friends of mine did, and we can't stop talking about it. Would highly recommend!

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  • 10-18-19

great book

really enjoyed this book, it's not all about fighting in the jungle it's more about friendship over coming a ludicrous war.