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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Bissell Narrator: Kerin McCue Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781436146869
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The Father of All Things is a riveting, haunting, and often hilarious account of a veteran and his son’s journey through Vietnam. As his father recounts his experiences as a soldier, including a near fatal injury, Tom Bissell weaves a larger history of the war and explores the controversies that still spark furious debate today. Blending history, memoir, and travelogue, The Father of All Things is a portrait of the war’s personal, political, and cultural impact from the perspective of the generation that grew up in the wake of the conflict. It is also a wise and revelatory book about the bond between fathers and sons.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Haunting…Emotionally powerful…Bissell brings a luminous prose style and, perhaps more important, a clear, fresh eye to events that many of us have allowed to slip into the infuriatingly painful past.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Powerful…Eloquent and in-depth…The Father of All Things is a one-of-a-kind accomplishment.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A fresh and comprehensive look at the Vietnam era…Bissell’s powerful writing forces one to open one’s eyes and take in the enormity of the moral abyss.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Beautifully written…Tom Bissell is superb. His description of today’s Vietnam are breathtaking and deep.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This humorous memoir, travelogue and accessible history—the author’s most ambitious book—confirms Bissell’s status as a rising star of American literature.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McCue is unwavering in his delivery, bringing the realistic touch that this poignant memoir deserves while never coming off as preachy or long-winded. A very personal story with a very international approach.”

    AudioFile

  • “Big-picture politics take second place to the achingly personal in Bissell’s heartfelt book.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2007
  • A 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 1/6/2014

    " Tom Bissel is possibly my favorite modern writer. He beautifully blends illuminating historical insight with a true travelers exploration in to a culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 11/17/2013

    " Great job weaving together historical fact and personal accounts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lou | 11/3/2013

    " I wanted to read this one because of a good review in the Wall Street Journal. I thought it might bring some insight to my own father's experience in Vietnam. Interesting read about a terrible US experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Subelsky | 9/24/2013

    " Really superb "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 8/7/2013

    " Very detailed account of the VietNam ward-too detailed sometimes but maybe necessary.. Many passages remind of the war we're in now; poorly planned, poorly equipped and government dishonesty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/5/2012

    " Bissel covers some new territory and it is certainly a novel approach to the war. He gets a little preachy which is annoying but this is a good book worth a read if you are interested in vietnam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Jenkins | 10/2/2011

    " See my review on Amazon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 medi | 8/2/2011

    " somehow I wanted less war and more dad, but then, that would've been a different book. heartbreaking nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 3/30/2011

    " The strongest moments of this incisive memoir and history will not fail to move any reader. Given the wars America now finds itself in, The Father of All Things becomes even more sobering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Care | 7/13/2010

    " I don't think I like audio books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 9/25/2009

    " Great job weaving together historical fact and personal accounts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 8/8/2008

    " The strongest moments of this incisive memoir and history will not fail to move any reader. Given the wars America now finds itself in, The Father of All Things becomes even more sobering. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dennis | 3/20/2008

    " Didn't care for the way the book was laid out.
    The author was speaking for his father, and his feelings. Statistics and Political information to me got in the way. At times I felt like I was reading a chronological account of the Vietnam War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/21/2007

    " Bissel covers some new territory and it is certainly a novel approach to the war. He gets a little preachy which is annoying but this is a good book worth a read if you are interested in vietnam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 10/2/2007

    " Bissell is a hell of a writer. This intricate and ambitious book combines introspection, a summary of the Vietnam War, and Bissell's own relationship with his father into an emotionally complex portrait that leaves no easy answers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lou | 10/2/2007

    " I wanted to read this one because of a good review in the Wall Street Journal. I thought it might bring some insight to my own father's experience in Vietnam. Interesting read about a terrible US experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosebud | 9/1/2007

    " Very detailed account of the VietNam ward-too detailed sometimes but maybe necessary.. Many passages remind of the war we're in now; poorly planned, poorly equipped and government dishonesty. "

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About the Author

Tom Bissell
(Xbox Live gamertag: T C Bissell; PlayStation Network gamertag: TCBissell) is the author of Chasing the Sea, God Lives in St. Petersburg, and The Father of All Things. A recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Bay de Noc Community College Alumnus of the Year Award, he teaches fiction writing at Portland State University and lives in Portland, Oregon.
About the Narrator

Kerin McCue is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Charles Wheelan’s Naked Economics, Larry LcMurtry’s Horseman, Pass By, Stanley Bing’s Rome, Inc, and Tom Bissell’s The Father of All Things.