Today is Part Two of my “Be Ignored by a Journalist” series. Part One is here, and yes, I’m still being ignored.
Today’s letter that I anticipate will be ignored was written to Michael Kranish of the Boston Globe. I was spurred to write this by a question from Ben Sands, in the comments to this post. Ben wanted to know more about the book (cited in this article by Kranish) that quotes John Kerry saying that he sought out swift boat service because he thought it would be relatively safe.
That seemed like a fair question, so I wrote Kranish and asked, in this very simple letter:
Dear Mr. Kranish,
On June 16, you published a story that said:
“I didn’t really want to get involved in the war,” Kerry said in a little-noticed contribution to a book of Vietnam reminiscences published in 1986. “When I signed up for the swift boats, they had very little to do with the war. They were engaged in coastal patrolling and that’s what I thought I was going to be doing.”
I am wondering if you could tell me the title of this book.
Failing a response from Mr. Kranish, perhaps one of the vigilant readers here knows the name of the book to which Mr. Kranish here refers?
UPDATE: Mystery solved, by a commenter, in just over an hour. The book is “Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War” by Douglas Brinkley. The commenter did a search for the text on Amazon, finding the quote on page 431.