This is Bissell's third book
following Chasing The Sea, a travelogue
through Central Asia recording his disastrous time
with the Peace Corp; and a collection of short
God Lives in St Petersburg.
Having read his earlier books, one might conclude
that Bissell has been building himself up to tackle
this very big, very personal topic, but actually it
seems that the topic caught up with him, triggered
by an assignment for GQ magazine that took him and
his father to Vietnam to relive his father's wartime
experiences - an article now much expanded into book
Speaking of the post-war generation, of which he is a part, Bissell writes, "[t]his strange, lost war, simultaneously real and unimaginable, forced us to ...
The bibliography for The Father of All Things runs to 14 pages but, conveniently, in 2006 Bissell wrote an article for Salon.com in which he details his recommended reading list about Vietnam, summarized below:
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