Nebraska Native’s Vietnam memoir chosen for 2015 One Book One Nebraska
Nebraskans have new required reading material. The 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection is Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting (University of Nebraska Press, May 2013) by Beverly Deepe Keever, who was born and raised outside of Hebron, Neb.
Keever was the longest-serving American correspondent covering the Vietnam War and earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for reporting. In Death Zones and Darling Spies, Keever describes what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nation’s bloodiest and bitterest wars.
“Keever is an excellent storyteller. . . . Death Zones & Darling Spies adds a woman’s view to the many retrospectives on the Vietnam War—a war covered and perpetrated mostly by men,” said Carolyn Johnsen in the Lincoln Journal Star.
Keever received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her doctorate from the University of Hawai’i, where she is currently professor emerita.
“It was an honor to work with Bev Keever on Death Zones and Darling Spies, and I’m pleased this fine book will reach new audiences around the state,” said Bridget Barry, UNP acquisitions editor. “The University of Nebraska Press is proud of Bev and her accomplishments.”
The One Book One Nebraska program promotes a culture of reading and discussion in Nebraska by bringing the state together around one great book by a Nebraska author. This year marks ten years of the program. It is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission.
“Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting by Beverly Deepe Keever was the committee’s choice based on Keever’s compelling prose and ability to analyze complex historical/political contexts to provide insight into America’s military and financial involvement in Vietnam,” said Rebecca Faber, chair of the One Book One Nebraska Selection Committee. “Her Nebraska background provided a tie to the response of Americans at home who were trying to comprehend a war like no other in which the United States had been involved.”
Get your copy of Death Zones and Darling Spies from the University of Nebraska Press or wherever books are sold.