For a Kentucky rifleman who spent his tour trudging through Vietnam's Central Highlands, it was Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". For a "tunnel rat" who blew smoke into the Viet Cong's underground tunnels, it was Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze". For a black marine distraught over the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., it was Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools". And for countless other Vietnam vets, it was "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die", "Who'll Stop the Rain", or the song that gives this book its title. In We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner place popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. They explore how and why US troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. They also demonstrate that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans-black and white, Latino and Native American, men and women, officers and "grunts" - whose personal reflections drive the book's narrative. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007779/bk_tant_007779_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1943, Los Angeles exploded in the infamous Zoot Suit riots, provoked by the Sleepy Lagoon murder case that railroaded young Chicano gang members who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Valdez masterfully synthesizes fact and fiction, using the case to examine Chicano Zoot Suit culture of the '40s, prejudices, the role of the media in the judicial system, and Latino family culture. Passionate and provocative, Zoot Suit pulses with the beat of '40s Big Band Music and traditional Latin songs. Starring (in alphabetical order): Xochiquetzal Candelaria as Alice Bloomfield Raul Cardona as Joey Castro, Marine Daniel Chacon as Tommy Roberts, Cub Reporter, Sailor Estrella Esparza as Della Barrios Spencer Garrett as The Press, Prosecutor Ruben C. Gonzalez as Smiley Torres, Rafas, Swabie Gregory Itzin as George Shearer Alma Martinez as Dolores Reyna Seth Millwood as Lt. Edwards, Guard, Shore Patrol Marco Rodriguez as El Pachuco Al Ruscio as Judge F.W. Charles Daniel Valdez as Enrique Reyna Katrina Valdez as Bertha Villareal, Newsboy Kinan Valdez as Henry Reyna Lakin Valdez as Rudy Reyna, Sgt. Smith, Bailiff, Bosun's Mate Primavera Flor Valdez as Lupe Reyna 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000089/pf_latw_000089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four undocumented Mexican-American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest... and a major motion picture. In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much - but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. And build a robot they did. Their robot wasn't pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition - and yet, against all odds... they won! But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story - which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement - will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan. Joshua Davis' Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country - even as the country tried to kick them out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Will Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001891/bk_aren_001891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hispanics in the United States Marine Corps. History of the United States Marine Corps, United States Marine Corps, Hispanics in the United States Navy, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Military history of the United States, United States Naval Academy, Unified Task Force, Somali Civil War.