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Press Release

October 23, 2014

No. 14-21

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

The VVA Veteran Books in Review Hits the 500 Mark  

Washington, D.C.--The VVA Veteran’s “Books in Review II” web page, which was launched in May of 2011, just ran its 500th book review. “Books in Brief” is an online feature that complements the long-running “Books in Review” column, which has appeared in The Veteran, the national magazine of Vietnam Veterans of America, since 1986. Books in Review II can be found at http://vvabooks.wordpress.com

“Books Editor Marc Leepson and his stable of reviewers have done an amazing job with ‘Books in Review II,’ ” said Michael Keating, editor of The VVA Veteran. “David Willson, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Vietnam War literature, has specialized in fiction and poetry. Marc, John Mort, Joseph Reitz, Henry Zeybel, and John Lavelle are our nonfiction reviewers. They are helping us reach our goal of reviewing every newly published book of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that deals with the Vietnam War and its veterans.”

In 2011, Leepson added, “we saw that we did not have enough space in the print edition of the magazine to give adequate coverage to the burgeoning number of books we wanted to review, so we started the on-line column. In the print edition, space limitations only allowed for the briefest of reviews—sometimes just a sentence or two. Now we can run longer reviews on the web, and we are also able to include an image of the cover of each book. It also allows us to publish in-depth reviews in the print edition of the magazine.”

The print version of The VVA Veteran has been publishing book reviews in every issue since 1986. “The combined print and online versions amount to what is the largest repository of reviews of Vietnam War-relevant publications,” Keating said. A subscription to The VVA Veteran is included in membership in Vietnam Veterans of America. To join, go to www.vva.org

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”


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