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Aug 27, 2002 | ISBN 9780440240914

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“Webb’s cultural and political portrayal of Vietnam 25 years after the war’s end is delivered with such bold strokes and magical detail…. This is a highly personal and empathetic look at today’s Vietnam…. This detailed, lovingly drawn portrait of Vietnam reveals a sad, tortured country that has never recovered from the horrifying events of a quarter-century ago.”
Publishers Weekly

“James Webb’s new novel paints a portrait of a modern Vietnam charged with hopes for the future but haunted by the ghosts of its war-torn past. It captures well the lingering scars of the war, and exposes the tension between the dynamism of a new generation and the invisible bondage of an older generation for whom wartime allegiances, and animosities, are rendered no less vivid by the passage of time. A novel of revenge and redemption that tells us much about both where Vietnam is headed and where it has been.”
— Senator John McCain

“A masterpiece, one of the most poignant and powerful novels of this generation … Lost Soldiers is one of those rare books that is not only a beautifully realized literary triumph but also a crackling good page-turner. Its seamless blend of mystery and intrigue, with its subtle truths of history and culture and its stories of love and honor played out by unforgettable characters, is nothing short of miraculous. Jim Webb did not set out to write a healing book, but that is what he has done. I suspect Lost Soldiers can bring my country together after years of debate and division — and it took a warrior to write it. You will come away a different person after you’ve read it.”
— Walter Anderson, Chairman and Publisher, Parade Magazine

Acclaim for the novels of James Webb:

Fields of Fire

“In my opinion, the finest of the Vietnam novels.”
— Tom Wolfe, Hooking Up

“In swift, flexible prose that does everything he asks of it, Webb gives us an extraordinary range of acutely observed people…. Fields of Fire is a stunner.”

“Few writers since Stephen Crane have portrayed men at war with such a ring of steely truth.”
The Houston Post

“A novel of such fullness and impact, one is tempted to compare it with Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead.”
The Oregonian

The Emperor’s General

“Powerfully compelling and moving … historical fiction of a high order … hypnotic storytelling … mesmerizing.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With The Emperor’s General, Jim Webb cements his reputation as an extraordinarily gifted storyteller. He excels in mining the rich veins of history to invest his fiction with the drama of great events…. An engrossing, moving, and splendid book.”
— Senator John McCain

“Webb writes history with an urgency and clarity that makes it pop from the page.”
The Washington Post Book World

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