Davis, George. Coming Home. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1984.
[Originally published in 1971.]
The following is from the back cover of Coming Home:
Coming Home is among the first editions of the Howard University Press Library of
Contemporary Literature. The Library makes available works that received critical acclaim
when originally published but are not now available to the general public. These books
are memorable for their social, political or literary significance.
Coming Home is the tale of three fighter pilots in Vietnam who become best
friends and later, bitter enemies. Ben is the Harvard-educated black who goes AWOL to
protest and escape from what he considers to be the insanity of war. Childress is the
blood-sucking slickster who seduces Ben's wife. Stacy is the white liberal who learns
to hate and distrust blacks, including his two best friends. Each becomes a victim of
betrayal, racism and jealousy as the strains of war, blind ambition and lust rip the
very seams of their lives.
Mel Watkins, an editor of The New York Times Book Review, writes a penetrating
introduction that places Coming Home in the context of the times in which it
was written. This edition of Coming Home also contains an appendix of reviews
the book received when first published.
George Davis was in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. He is a former reporter for the
Washington Post and served as an editor with The New York Times. He
is the author of Love, Black Love and is the co-author of the widely acclaimed
Black Life in Corporate America.