36 Years and a Wake-up - An American Returns To Vietnam by Carey Spearman teaches us about the modern Vietnam veteran by revealing his most intimate emotions about his first return to Vietnam in 36 years after the war. Spearman served one year as a medic in Vietnam, and is retired from the New York City Police Department. This is his second published literary work about coping with life after the Vietnam War. As with his previous book, Vietnam Veterans' Homecoming: Crossing the Line, Spearman writes poetic vineuttes in his own words. He communicates valuable lessons learned, and remembers with remakrable clarity the lives he touched and suffering he witnessed during the Vietnam War.