“Beyond Dark Clouds” chronicles a compilation of honest, thought provoking, raw life stories by veterans and their families who continue to suffer immeasurably, and by those who have successfully met head on many challenges. The stories go far beyond the stress and trauma experienced on the various battle-fields of war and conflict, extending into the numerous aspects of family life.

“In telling my story there are of course things left unsaid. I am sure some would suggest after reading my story that what has not been said is equally as pertinent as what has been said … perhaps even more so.” Angela Gay – Australian Vietnam veteran’s wife

The iconic troop carrier of the Vietnam war, the 'Huey'

“I have come to accept the fact that my service related condition is going to present me ongoing health and social activity challenges." - Adrian Ahrens – Australian Vietnam veteran

Heading Back to Phu Bai

“This book is a significant historical document and I don’t think that in the author’s own lifetime, he will fully realise how important and significant it is." - Bobbie Moran – US Journalist and wife of Vietnam veteran

Beyond Dark Clouds

Beyond Dark Clouds is about male and female Vietnam veterans, their spouses and children from Australia, America and New Zealand. Stories have been expertly constructed from hundreds of hours of interviews over several decades. The author, himself a Vietnam veteran, has brilliantly brought together the stories to give a comprehensive, balanced and candid insight into two generations of families before during and after the Vietnam War.

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Collectively the stories provide valuable historical and educational material that will have profound significance for present and future generations. Readers are given a sense of the human resilience of individuals who describe in depth their  range of feelings and behaviours surrounding events experienced during their life journeys. The legacy of the aftermath of trauma is intimately revealed. Highlighted are attitudes, values and beliefs that underpinned the era.

It is  truly fascinating paging through each story and discovering how photographs supplied from personal family albums is expertly woven into the text providing incredible perspective into the holistic humanistic persona of each  person. Beyond Dark Clouds the sequel to the highly acclaimed book Vietnam: The War Within, by Dr Glen D Edwards gives a deep appreciation of the progression of psychological and visual physical developmental stages from  childhood to adulthood spanning sixty years.