'Heard's recounting of his Vietnam tour is chilling. But it is the last third of the book that really hits home. In less than 100 pages, Heard describes 30 years of hell … this is an important book on a still hidden topic, and one that deserves a wide audience.'
Tim Coronel, Australian Bookseller & Publisher
'Well Done, Those Men is highly recommended, as a glimpse into Australia 40 years ago, as an honest account of fighting in Vietnam, and as an entertaining and thought-provoking read.'
‘As devastating as Heard’s account of the war undoubtedly is, it’s the last third of the book — wherein he returns to a country that seems embarrassed to acknowledge his existence, and tries to deal with his shattered psyche with little support from an uncomprehending family and an ever-decreasing number of friends — that packs the biggest emotional wallop ... [However] he manages to elicit laughs amidst the tragedy.’
Terry Oberg, Courier Mail
'The author discusses his own gradual disintegration and that of his mates in powerful, simple language free of intellectual pretension. Often dramatic and emotionally moving, there is no pathos in this brutally honest account of a costly episode in our recent history.'
Lon Bram, Courier Mail
‘This is a searingly honest account of one man’s battle to overcome his tormented past in an unpopular war and to recover from a complete breakdown.’
Ros Sydes, Examiner
'This is a brilliant anti-war polemic, and an ultimately inspiring life story.'
'To those of you thinking "ho hum, another Vietnam book" I can only suggest that this one deserves to be read — for the sake of all those who are still trying to "come home".'
Peter Barrett, Guyra Argus
'Well Done, Those Men is a human, moving, and brutally honest account of one man's emotionally racked journey from naive country boy to jungle soldier, psychologically scarred veteran, and ultimately triumphant victor over the demons within.'
Greg Thom, Herald Sun
'Heard's well-written account will appeal to anyone interested in the impact of the Vietnam War on New Zealand and Australian soldiers. It provides valuable and illuminating perspective on the troubles that have afflicted many of them since their return.'
Ian McGibbon, New Zealand International Review
A 'remarkable book'.
‘Barry Heard’s book is the autobiography of a Vietnam veteran, but it’s so perceptive it represents a whole generation ... The book is very well written, clear in its descriptions, self-aware in its assessments and, surprisingly, not depressing to read.’
Patrick Morgan, Quadrant
'It's profound sadness makes Well Done, Those Men a difficult book to read. Ultimately, though, ... it is also an uplifting work, for it is testament to human resilience and, thus, to the possiblity of personal redemption no matter how painful the catalytic experience.'
Seaumas Spark, Reviews in Australian Studies
'This is a powerful, beautifully written book that should be read by everyone who wants to understand the evil, senseless personal damage done by war.’
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
‘Heard writes honestly and painfully of that soiled era ...’
Tony Maniaty, Weekend Australian