This is the story of a young American who fights in Vietnam for his country, but is rejected when he returns from the war.
The author, who grew up in Jackson, Ohio, based the story on his own personal experiences as a U.S. Marine serving in Vietnam. Upon his return to the States in 1969, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. Since that time he has gone on to earn his B.A. and his M.A. in clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. He now works as a psychotherapist, in which capacity he has actively worked with other Vietnam War veterans.
Excerpt from the Forward by Ron Kovic, author of 'Born on the Fourth of July'
When we thought we had read all the books about Vietnam, and had heard all the stories there were to be told, suddenly, Michael McCormick’s Across the Pond appears and we find ourselves startled and deeply shaken by its emotional intensity. This little book with its seemingly simple yet deeply compelling narrative grips the reader from the very beginning and does not let go. It is written with the violence and fury of Leon Uris’s Battle Cry, and the tenderness and compassion of a simple poet.
Across the Pond is more than just another book to come out of the Vietnam war. It is a poignant reminder that many of the stories of that war are yet to be told. I believe it will be recognized as one of the important books to come out of that war and McCormick will rank with the other writers of his generation, equaling their intensity, integrity, and impact. Like a stone thrown into a pond that sends out a ripple, reaching places and people not at first thought possible, Across the Pond does just that; with a simple, yet eloquent narrative, it becomes much greater than itself and that ripple will be felt for years to come.