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In April 1969, Linda Moore-Lanning watched her husband, Lt. Michael Lee Lanning, board a Greyhound bus that would take him to a military flight scheduled to deposit him in Vietnam. As he boarded the bus, Lee told her, "It’s only for a year." Moore-Lanning struggled to believe her husband’s words. Waiting: One Wife’s Year of the Vietnam War is the deeply personal account of Moore-Lanning’s year as a waiting wife. The first-ever book from the perspective of a wife on the home front during the Vietnam War, Moore-Lanning’s telling is both unflinching in its honesty and universal in its evocation of the price exacted from those who were left behind. During her "waiting year," Moore-Lanning traveled far, in both distance and perspective, from the small West Texas town of Roby where she had grown up and met her husband. Through her eyes, we experience the agony of waiting for the next letter from Lee; the exhilaration of learning of her pregnancy; the frustration of dealing with friends and family members who didn’t understand her struggles; and the solace of companionship with Susan Hargrove, another waiting wife. Because of her insistence that Lee give her an honest account of his experiences, Moore-Lanning also affords readers a gut-wrenching view of Vietnam as narrated by an infantry commander in the field. Unfolding with the gripping narrative of a novel, Waiting will captivate general readers, while those interested in military history and home front perspectives—especially from the Vietnam War—will deeply appreciate this impressive addition to the literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. April 1969
  2. p. 1
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  1. Chapter 1
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. Chapter 3
  2. pp. 17-23
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 24-30
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  1. May 1969
  2. p. 31
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  1. Chapter 5
  2. pp. 33-39
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 40-45
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  1. Chapter 7
  2. pp. 46-50
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  1. June 1969
  2. p. 51
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  1. Chapter 8
  2. pp. 53-60
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  1. Chapter 9
  2. pp. 61-69
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 70-78
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  1. Chapter 11
  2. pp. 79-85
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  1. July 1969
  2. p. 87
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 89-97
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  1. Chapter 13
  2. pp. 98-103
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  1. Chapter 14
  2. pp. 104-111
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  1. Chapter 15
  2. pp. 112-118
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  1. Chapter 16
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. August 1969
  2. p. 127
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  1. Chapter 17
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. Chapter 18
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. Chapter 19
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. Chapter 20
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. Chapter 21
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. September 1969
  2. p. 149
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  1. Chapter 22
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. Chapter 23
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. Chapter 24
  2. pp. 161-172
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  1. October 1969
  2. p. 173
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  1. Chapter 25
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. Chapter 26
  2. pp. 178-184
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  1. Chapter 27
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. Chapter 28
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. November 1969
  2. p. 205
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  1. Chapter 29
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. Chapter 30
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Chapter 31
  2. pp. 221-232
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  1. December 1969
  2. p. 233
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  1. Chapter 32
  2. pp. 235-246
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  1. Chapter 33
  2. pp. 247-262
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  1. Chapter 34
  2. pp. 263-267
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  1. January–February 1970
  2. p. 269
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  1. Chapter 35
  2. pp. 271-277
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  1. Chapter 36
  2. pp. 278-281
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  1. March 1970
  2. p. 283
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  1. Chapter 37
  2. pp. 285-287
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  1. Chapter 38
  2. pp. 288-291
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  1. April 1970
  2. p. 293
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  1. Chapter 39
  2. pp. 295-297
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  1. Chapter 40
  2. pp. 298-305
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  1. Chapter 41
  2. pp. 306-308
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  1. Chapter 42
  2. pp. 309-310
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 311-313
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 315-316
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