How Stevie Nearly Lost the War and Other Postwar Stories

“Rhythmic, visceral, laconic, powerful, Levy’s stories will haunt the reader long after reading them.” Nguyen Ba Chung, William Joiner Center

“… Any family member, any therapist, who wants to know something of the pain that vets carry in their heads and hearts…should read this book.”
Hamilton Gregory, author of MacNamara’s Folly

“His quiet voice details a variety of experience hard to come by. The stories click with a kind of muted rage, a majestic astonishment, the fine appreciation of deep irony, and unmistakable authority. Buy this book, and learn a thing or two about the war that defined and baffled and energized a generation.”
Larry Heinemann, author of Paco’s Story, recipient of the National Book Award

“Some of the most eloquent voices in the history of American war literature have come out of the tragedy of the American War in Vietnam. Enter Marc Levy, a dazzling stylist, who takes readers on a wild ride in this perfectly paced collection of stories. Funny and furious, his characters, with all their injuries, love and live to the hilt. How Stevie Nearly Lost The War is hard to put down. Levy is a master storyteller. This book will last.
Demetria Martinez, Mother Tongue

“His writing is about the aftermath that follows you home. His words flow like poetry, exposing the carnage and madness of war.”
Frank Serpico

“Touring around Khe Sanh in the gloomy fog, I was reminded of a passage in veteran Marc Levy’s excellent collection of Vietnam war stories, How Stevie Nearly Lost the War and Other Postwar Stories. ‘VA Shrink: Were you in Vietnam? Vietnam Vet: Yes. VA Shrink: When were you there? Vietnam Vet: Last night.’ ”
Matthew Stevenson, contributing editor, Harper’s Magazine, author of Reading the Rails

“Levy got me with his first sentence – ‘Anyone can say they were in Vietnam.’ I pay his work the ultimate compliment that I pay Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried– the lines between fact and fiction are blurred, and that, my friends, is exactly what Vietnam was like. Read this collection.”
Doug Rawlings, co-founder, Veterans for Peace

“In these days when those with power over our fate are working overtime to obliterate truth and memory, Marc Levy’s brutal honesty and authenticity are just what we need. His new volume of stories will not let you forget the reality of Vietnam and of war.”
H. Bruce Franklin, author of Vietnam and Other American Fantasies

Levy has collected some of his best short stories in a small but powerful book about life and death with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam and his endless attempts since to describe, remember and deal with the memories and pain he still packs with him. “Wherever you were, whatever you did in war will always be with you,” he tells younger vets. “Always.”
Michael Putzel, The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War

“In the words of his alter-ego in How Stevie Nearly Lost The War, Marc Levy writes with “the unerring chaos, the unpredictable beat, the cyclic consequences, the sorrow of war.” His prose breaks all bounds of fiction and non-fiction with exhilarating zeal. Get ready for a wild ride.”
Dave Zieger, director of Sir, No Sir!

These stories pull no punches. Something good or strange is always just around the corner. The best of them bring the war home — its casualties are tragic and frightening, yet almost hopeful in all their sorrow.
Paul Krassner, author of Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut

A bold and troubling, surreal, rambling account of a Vietnam veteran’s struggles with PTSD and memories. A former combat medic, Levy’s travels and traumas in search of human kindness and understanding offer grim testimony to the aftereffects of war.
John Ketwig, author of …and a hard rain fell: A G.I.’s True Story of the War in Vietnam.