Book Review: Up Close and Personal by Roy Tschudy
categories: Book, Jan31, 1968 Tet, Tet Offensive, Brothers, N.Y.P.D., True Events, Sammy, Vietnam
Roy Tschudy about this book: "Up Close and Personal" was written correlating a few stories of personal encounters. As a young eighteen year old soldier in Vietnam and remembering the longest night of my life… the "Brotherhood" of soldiers who become the same as family… except one ! ... Returning from Nam to "The World" and experiencing a new adjustment… Joining the ranks of the N.Y.P.D. and recalling characters both police officers and the public and some of the funnier oddities with both… Growing up in "Da" Bronx N.Y. with family and friends… What it's like to have a "Special" friend in one's life… and lastly, a fond remembrance of a family member who has left us.
My intention was never to write a book, I wrote a few stories separately but I always wanted to memorialize a buddy of mine from the Army. The primary readers for this book (128 pages) are friends, family, Veterans and Police Officers. The title was simple for me; it describes exactly my inner thoughts and feelings. I found that the most difficult part of this endeavor was the technical skills required and admittedly am not a threat to any in the cyber world.
My research consisted of photos from an album that I had put together after Vietnam and the rest is from my heart and mind. I have learned since the printing of my book that quite a few folks were glad to have read it, only one person has given a negative view and ironically he is a friend and fellow Vietnam vet. I replied to him that no offense is taken on my part. For any person who may read this book my wish is that a smile and a tear or two will justify the events transpired.
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All of us who have lived more than a few years have a story or two to tell. Roy did so from his rearing in "Da" Bronx all the way to a far off land partaking and witnessing events in war time, experiencing a different kind of new, old world upon his return from Nam. Joining the NYPD and detailing some of the oddities of the job, having a "Special" friend in life and remembering a family member who was an indelible part of his loved ones. Up Close and Personal is a short and easy read, if you want a laugh or two it's here, a tear or two may also be present for the reader.