What will Kentucky Book Festival visitors find on your table?
In addition to my latest book, “Reflections of a Scared Soldier Boy in Vietnam: God, Redlegs, and Blueboys,” I will be selling a companion piece titled “Love Notes from Nam,” featuring my daily notes of devotion to my wife during my year in war. I’ll also have various promotional items for the book, including keychains, pins, pens, and candy, some wartime memorabilia, and engaging conversation!
Whom do you invite to stop by? Who will benefit from reading your book?
I invite anyone who has served or has family member who has served, and generally anyone interested in learning more about America’s most unpopular war. Especially for historians, veterans, and schoolteachers.
Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?
I’ve been working on the book for at least ten years and it is an actual documented history of my one-year tour told from the perspective of a scared young soldier’s daily life. Something curious about the book is my experience on Easter Sunday 1967, as I had a Godly experience that still resonates in my life to this day.
Is this your first time participating in Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?
This is my first time as a writer—I’ve frequently been a guest in the past. I’m excited to meet so many interested new readers and to see the festival from the other side, as an author. I’m thrilled to be involved and share my story with people who might not know much about the Vietnam-era.
Robert R. Adams devotes his free time to reading history and veteran affairs. This work details the constant emotional and psychological struggles of a scared young combat soldier, as his experiences transformed him from a boy into manhood through the forced maturity of war.