War Behind Me

The War Behind Me (Basic Books)


“Jamie Henry swings open the door. He is a striking figure, tall, lean and strong, with gray hair and a handsome face as craggy as the Sierra Nevada mountains that loom to the east.”

So my book begins, with one man’s story of honor and persistence that, nearly four decades later, brought the facts to light. With gratitude to Henry, who recognized no statute of limitations on the truth.

“What was right then, is right now”
– Jamie Henry
April 4, 1947- July 12, 2010

“An important book. Nelson demonstrates that cover-ups happen in plain sight and that looking for an exclusive can blind reporters to the real story.” New York Times Book Review

“In the best tradition of investigative journalism.” Boston Globe

“Nelson is one of the most experienced, talented investigative journalists alive.” – Seattle Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.


    • Gil Helmick on May 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm
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    I am attempting to contact Jamie Henry. He is a long time and dear friend. We met at Los Angeles Valley College and worked together to build an arm of Viet Nam Veterans Against the War. We testified together on Pacifica Radio along with Ron Kovic and others. We lost contact in the late 1970’s.

    I noticed this and was hoping you might connect us.

    My email address:

    My cell phone: 207 400 7543

    Thank you for your time and attention,
    Best regards,
    Gil Helmick

    • Deborah Nelson on May 6, 2015 at 11:22 pm
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    I am sad to say that Jamie succumbed to cancer on July 12, 2010. HIs wife, Patty, died three years later in her sleep. He talked quite a bit about his days at the college, helping to form the local VVAW chapter. I can pass along your contact information to his son, if you’d like. I’ll send you a note by email.

    He’s a true inspiration. I am glad that I had the opportuniy to spend time with him, both of them.

    Best regards
    Deb Nelson.

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