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April 2017


Enduring VietnamWright's latest book, Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War, was released by Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, on April 4, 2017.

Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book brings those who served and who remain largely anonymous figures, out of the shadows.

Enduring Vietnam recounts the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of families who grieved those who did not return. By 1969 nearly half of the junior enlisted men who died in Vietnam were draftees. And their median age was 21—among the non-draftees it was only 20. The book describes the "baby boomers" growing up in the 1950s, why they went into the military, what they thought of the war, and what it was like to serve in "Nam." And to come home. With a vivid narrative of the Battle for "Hamburger Hill," and through substantial interviews with those who served, the book depicts the cruelty of this war, and its quiet acts of courage.

Enduring Vietnam provides an important dimension to the profile of an American generation—and a rich account of an American War.

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November 2015

During the past two years, Wright has been working on a book about the human face of the Vietnam War - the Vietnam War in America and the American War in Vietnam. St. Martin's Press has signed on to publish Wright's new book under their Thomas Dunne imprint. The book will be released in late 2016 or early 2017, and will focus on the experience of the men—and women—who served there in combat operations in the earlier period of the war through the spring of 1969. It will also tell the stories of some of those who were killed during the war.

Wright participated in director Ric Burn's film, "Debt of Honor: A History of Disabled Veterans in America," which was shown at the New York Historical Society on November 9, followed by a panel discussion with Ric Burns, James Wright, Charles Marmar, and Jose Rene "J.R." Martinez. The film, which aired nationally on PBS on November 10, examines the rise of disabled veterans in the country. Improved battlefield medicine has led to fewer wartime fatalities, but also to more severe injuries for survivors. Veterans of each war have come home to different attitudes about their service and their war, which has had long-reaching effects on their recovery.

Wright presented remarks at the West Stands of the renovated Memorial Field where, 92 years earlier, the first dedication at the newly-constructed Memorial Field was held. Here, the memorial plaques to Dartmouth veterans from WW I to the present were rededicated.

November 2014

The Office of Alumni Relations and Dartmouth Club of Hawaii organized a Dartmouth educational program in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring presentations by James Wright on the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 and its aftermath, and on the way Americans have remembered and memorialized the country's wars and those who have sacrificed in them.

August/September 2014

In preparation for his book about the Vietnam War, Wright traveled to Vietnam. See coverage of the trip at

June 4, 2014

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings, the Wrights participated in the Dartmouth Alumni "Celtic Lands" trip on the Le Boreal ship. James Wright delivered two lectures on the voyage on the consequences of the idea of the "Greatest Generation" and on American war memorials.

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