The readers of NAM SENSE have sent the author some very favorable reviews. Here are a few samples:
"This book is the best, most accurate portrayal of the life of an Infantryman in Vietnam. Author Wiknik was a sharp, intelligent 19-year old draftee, who came across an honorable, if a short-term way of avoiding service in Vietnam. Wiknik trained and became an “Instant NCO” or “a Shake-n-Bake Sergeant,” which upon graduation made him an immediate replacement bound for Vietnam. A family member, girlfriend, or fiancée of a soldier who went to Vietnam will find this book most illuminating. For all the rest of you, if you read only one book about a soldier’s life in Vietnam, read NAM SENSE!"
Colonel (Ret.) Gene Sherron, Florida
Author's battalion commander in Vietnam
"As a member of the author's squad, I found NAM SENSE to be an authentic and absorbing narrative that resonates with every Vietnam GI's story of survival."
Howard Siner, Staten Island Advance
"NAM SENSE is an honest and realistic account of not only the author's tour of duty but the tours of other Vietnam soldiers as well. I feel honored to have Arthur as an occasional guest on my radio show and my listeners are the better for it."
Lee Elci, WXLM FM
New London, CT
"I can relate to NAM SENSE, so emotions ran high, moist eyes, learning new things, jogging memories that were tightly pressed between the pages of my mind, goose bumps and parallel experiences went along for the ride. Your in depth day to day journal was so very interesting and riveting. The book painted a vivid picture with colorful descriptive adjectives. I applaud you for divulging your innermost secrets. The book is so human, I could see why it took you so long to write it. It was not the blood & gore of other books from that era. You are blessed with much talent and writing ability."
Paul Doc Gréaux, HHQ & D 1/506 101st Airborne
"This book will really draw you in. I got my copy yesterday and finished a first reading today. I just couldn't put it down. For the most part, war narratives tend to be written from a detached perspective; this unit was here, that unit was there, an attack occurred here, so many casualties occurred there. The "Big Picture" so to speak. It is rare to find such an absorbing war narrative written by a grunt, drawn from the grunt's first hand experience, and from the grunt's point of view."
J. Stengel, retired Education Administrator
"I just read your NAM SENSE book in one sitting. It sure brought back the memories! I was constantly amazed at how similar our experiences were. The book was well-written and very authentic! I plan on buying more copies and giving them to my buddies next month at our Texas reunion. Thanks for telling it like it was for the Airborne soldiers."
Kelly Graham, Co. A 2/502 medic, 101st Airborne
"If you are going to read one memoir on the Vietnam War, this is it. A page turner from beginning to end. I highly recommend it."
Theodore P. Savas, Publisher and Consultant
"Having been regrettably subjected to unanswered questions directed to returning and returned Viet Nam vets both close and distant, I can’t begin to express my feeling of joy, privilege, and fulfillment resulting from your unique, articulate, and moving expressions of your experiences. It has gone a long way to provide significant insight into the Viet Nam mystique."
"NAM SENSE, as the
parody of this title suggests, is an AMAZING story, which undoubtedly rings as
true today as it did 40 years ago when it all happened! It was written by a
bright and capable man who never wanted to be in the Viet Nam war, nor any war
for that matter, but who made the best of an ugly situation, in order to keep
himself and his men alive. As a Non-Commissioned Officer at a very young age,
Art Wiknik Jr. was forced to deal with all of the ugliness of war: macho
superior officers, hunger, mistakes, uncertainty, homesickness, lack of love,
death of friends and fellow soldiers, and the constant fear of never returning
home alive. His book is a candid exposé of the reality of war, including the
psychological trauma inflicted by fighting a war that was not supported by a
large contingent of the American people. The writing is riveting, sometimes
horrific, but always honest in its portrayal of his inner emotions, as counter
as they sometimes were to logic or sanity. In it, you can feel the frustration,
anger and pain that these young soldiers experienced as they were thrown into a
war that no one (except the military "Lifers") wanted to be in. Many of his
experiences make one wonder why we value the lives of our young men and women so
little when we send them to war, and when they come home after they have
sacrificed so much. The realities of Wiknik's life as a soldier, the emotional
roller coaster he felt and the fear of imminent potential death must parallel
the same emotions felt by our brave soldiers now in Iraq, especially as support
for the present war is waning."
"This is a MUST READ for those interested in the inner feelings of brave young men sent to war, no matter which continent, no matter which century."
Tom Suchanek, Ph.D.
"I really loved this book. It made me laugh and cry, and I gained respect for all the soldiers who fought in any war. I felt remorse for how my fellow countrymen treated the veterans of the Viet Nam war. They certainly didn't deserve it. This book made me understand the trials that our soldiers had to go through during their tour of duty. It told of their close friendships with other soldiers and the loss of these friends when they went home- dead or alive. I encourage everyone to read this book. It has humor, sadness and joy."
"I purchased this book primarily because I was looking to read about Vietnam without having to read someone else's political agenda. I simply could not put the book down until I finished it. I was totally riveted by the accounts. For better or worse, the Vietnam War is the defining point of our generation's lives. The account of your year in the war is something that anyone of our age group should read. This war divided our nation decades ago, and the division is deeper today than ever. It is impossible for a 4F'er to ever understand. For those of us who did not serve this is a great place to begin to understand."
Graphic Designer and author's classmate