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A Field Of Innocence

A Memoir of Love and the Vietnam War

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Jack Estes volunteered to fight in a war in a country he couldn’t even locate on a map. He was a kid, eighteen years old. He was married, broke, flunking out of college and about to become a father. The Marines seemed like a good way out. He figured Vietnam couldn’t be any worse than home. He was wrong.

Originally published in 1987, A Field of Innocence is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle editions and at other fine booksellers.


“With its raw realism and heartbreaking honesty … one of the finest Vietnam memoirs.” – Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carry

“This powerful memoir is an eyewitness account of how underfunded and undersupported U.S. Marines called combined action platoons fought in the tiny villages of Vietnam. With riveting clarity, Jack Estes brings to light the first test of true counterinsurgency warfare.” – Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn

“Chilling… it tells how a youngster from Portland, Oregon matured in the crucible of combat… the reader is given a sense of what it’s like to fight an unseen enemy who might appear anytime, anywhere and start shooting from ambush.” – Publishers Weekly