Ratings & Reviews

  • Aug 18, 2008
    "A Warrior's Story" Tucker Smallwood tells the story of a harrowing tour of duty with charm, modesty and an understatement that is utterly disarming. He wears his valor lightly whether telling of brutal living conditions, the recreational water skiing that made him an inviting VC target, or the nightmare attack that ended his war. He writes with grace and more than one passage brought a lump to my throat. His descriptions of his recovery and his growing awareness of how deeply the war had affected him are particularly moving. This book will remind you that America's greatest resource is young men like Smallwood who will serve with honor and humanity when called upon. Let's not squander them.

  • Jan 15, 2008
    "Return To Eden By Tucker Smallwood" Each individual tour of duty in Vietnam was unique.If you want just a taste of what it was like to be a Mobile Advisory Team Leader in Vietnam,read this book.Its not your typical war story. Sure,there are some combat passages. Hell,the man almost died over there. But you will laugh at the incredulity of water skiing in a combat zone.You'll see the humor in the fire drill of script change day.The respect and admiration he felt for his Vietnamese counterpart is palpable.He shares the pain of civilian losses.He suffers his own pain.Ultimately he gets a parade and moves on with his life.But he never forgets.He returns to this country,to his place of life alteration and finds the children most notable.This is a good book.I know first hand what an Advisor did and this is our story. Daniel P.Reimer 1LT,Infantry Senior Advisor,Mobile Advisory Team 26, II Corps,Tuyen Duc Province,Republic of Vietnam, 1970-71

  • By robertktownsend
    Dec 4, 2007
    ""Return To Eden"" I found Mr. Smallwood's compilation of essays to be highly engaging, each one laced with potent recollections and passionate insight into an amazing, albeit troubling, time and place in our nation's history. I can't imagine what it must have been like for our soldiers to endure such horrors during the Vietnam War, or any war for that matter, but as I read on, I often felt like I was right there, transported through time, shadowing Tucker as he and his Mobile Advisory Team traversed the canals, rivers, rice paddies and swamps of the Mekong Delta. Written with power and grace, and tinged with the occassional humorous anecdote, "Return to Eden" provides the reader with an accessible porthole through which one can journey back in time to share this unique individual's incredible journey. Hats off to Mr. Smallwood for his undying service to our country, and for his generosity in sharing with us his personal triumph. Carpe diem! Can't wait... 
  • By williamrapp
    Aug 9, 2007
    "Return To Eden" I just finished reading your book and all I can say is WOW! Exceptionally well written and extremely heartfelt. As you say, you had to have been there to totally understand the mind of a combat soldier. I was touched that you remembered my comments to you about your effect on my life. Everything that I said then was true and still is. I will be forever in your debt for all that you taught me. All the members of my SF team made it through some bad times thanks to to the training and discipline that you taught me. War hurts, but you made the pain bearable. You have also made me re-evaluate going back to Vietnam to get rid of many ghosts. I didn't have the courage before, but this book has given it to me now. William Rapp, LTC, SF(Ret.)

  • Mar 18, 2007
    "Memoirs In Brief: Return To Eden" Tucker Smallwood, an actor of some renown, has compiled short, autobiographical essays about his tour of duty, about his family and career, and about his return to Vietnam in Return To Eden. It is an easy and intriguing read. But it is one leaving the reader hankering for more...We look forward to a second, expanded edition. The Veteran - Nov/Dec 2006 The Official Voice of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • By mangomom27
    Feb 14, 2007
    "Return to Eden" "An incredible master at not just living through some horrific experiences, but recalling them in such vivid detail, seeing it all for its pure truth, and putting them all onto paper for all of us to experience. I laughed, I cried, I stood silent. Thank you for taking me on this remarkable journey with you." France H. M. Pelis, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, CFGC
  • By sadewell
    Oct 7, 2006
    "Return to Eden" Although I haven't read many Viet Nam memoirs, I found Mr. Smallwood's collection of essays by far the most intriguing. Can anyone who didn't serve in that time and reality truly appreciate the experience? Probably not, but Mr. Smallwood shines a light on the process of a soldier in war, the blood and guts, the anguish and joy of survival, and coming home. As someone else suggested, buy 2 copies and give one to a friend (especially when that friend is a combat veteran). Susan Dewell
  • By Rick Gandenberger
    Sep 14, 2006
    "Return to Eden" As a member of the Mekong Delta Water Ski Club (Go Cong / Hoa Binh Chapter), I found Smallwood saying my thoughts and using my words. Thirtyseven years melted away as I returned to maps without contour lines, smiling agreements to not agree and ending a day of firefights by watching Rick Jason in "Combat." Unlike most "combat memoires" Tucker Smallwood deals with the aftermath that many Vets won't talk about. An incredibly honest story told in bite size chapters. Rick Gandenberger MACV MAT IV-29 IV-30
  • By Dick Stanley
    Aug 19, 2006
    "Return to Eden " Tucker's distinctive voice comes through loud and clear in this strong collection of essays which will make you chuckle and make you think. The photos, particularly the ones of 1960s OCS and old and new Vietnam, are a treat. Tucker is frank, sentimental, unafraid of controversy and easy to read. You need two copies, one for yourself and one to give to a friend. Dick Stanley, RF-PF advisor, MACV, I Corp, 1969-70
  • By cooperce
    Aug 12, 2006
    "East of Eden" I spent about 2 hours tonight immersed in your book and really enjoyed the journey. It was such an easy read, it felt like we were sitting over a beer (or 6) and reminiscing about old times and sharing memories of those times. Brought back memories; rekindled my long-held desire to someday return to Saigon, Nha Trang and Kontum especially. My first tour, in particular, as an SF medic, seems like another life altogether. Claude Cooper, LTC (Ret), SF   
Ted Williams -  Great ballplayer, great American.

       




TUCKER SMALLWOOD

Return to Eden


Return to Eden - book by Tucker Smallwood




PHOTOS FROM BOOK:




  MACV Emblem

  Memento Mori




  My Map



  The Wall -Paul Savanuck



First Night -. Sgt Brand, myself and Dai uy MInh



 Train Hard, Fight Easy. I love the smell of Butchers Paste Wax in the morning. It smells like...victory!




Bootless. River Crossing


I published Return to Eden to put a human face on the troubling condition that is PTSD.

Many of our returning veterans will struggle for quality of life without available resources for counseling and treatment.

Support your veterans. Learn about PTSD and advocate on their behalf.

Parades are fine but homelessness, unemployment and self-destructive behavior will continue until they receive the care they justly deserve.

Return to Eden - book by Tucker Smallwood

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