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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Mike Subelsky | 9/24/2013

    " Really superb "

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