A Snowman in Hell by Doug Berg

Doug Berg’s A Snowman in Hell: Christmas in Vietnam (Independent Publishing Corp., 80 pp., $19.95, paper) is a collection of bits of reminiscences, paired with photos of scraps of Christmas trees, too much booze, and GI Santas distributing toys to Vietnamese children.

It’s a bittersweet tour of wartime Vietnam during Christmas, with big dollops of machismo and melancholy, and one that captures the surprising innocence of young men in danger. The quality of the photos is sometimes good, other times terrible—just like the times.

VVA member Doug Berg worked hard on this compilation. Many of the book’s contributors are VVA members. That’s not surprising, since Berg’s most important resource was the Locator column in The VVA Veteran.

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—Michael Keating