Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides

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Penguin, 2004 - History - 574 pages
Christian G. Appy?s monumental oral history of the Vietnam War is the first work to probe the war?s path through both the United States and Vietnam. These vivid testimonies of 135 men and women span the entire history of the Vietnam conflict, from its murky origins in the 1940s to the chaotic fall of Saigon in 1975. Sometimes detached and reflective, often raw and emotional, they allow us to see and feel what this war meant to people literally on all sides?Americans and Vietnamese, generals and grunts, policymakers and protesters, guerrillas and CIA operatives, pilots and doctors, artists and journalists, and a variety of ordinary citizens whose lives were swept up in a cataclysm that killed three million people. By turns harrowing, inspiring, and revelatory, Patriots is not a chronicle of facts and figures but a vivid human history of the war.

 

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They wore many uniforms but shared the same hell: a wide-ranging collection of oral histories, la Studs Terkel, drawn from veterans of the Vietnam War.To make this sprawling anthology, Appy (Working ... Read full review

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The Vietnam War has been portrayed through many oral histories over the last three decades, but this superb volume is quite possibly the best in a crowded field. Most oral histories draw primarily on ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
xv
INTRODUCTIONS
1
COMMANDERS
3
WAR HEROES
12
PAYING THE PRICE
20
WHERE IS VIETNAM?
28
BEGINNINGS 194564
33
HISTORY IS NOT MADE WITH IFS
35
TET
285
MEMORIAL DAY 1968
304
FROM JOHNSON TO NIXON
307
A THREESQUAREMILE PIECE OF THE UNITED STATES
325
FAMILIES AT WAR
328
MY LAI
343
YOU LOOK LIKE A GOOK
354
AN ACUTE LACK OF FORGETFULNESS
371

DELIVER US FROM EVIL
44
KICK THE TIRES AND LIGHT THE FIRES
60
THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES
79
PARADISE ISLAND
90
ESCALATIONS 196467
99
TRAILS TO WAR
101
YOU WANT ME TO START WORLD WAR III?
112
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
128
FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO ANTIWAR
142
THE ULTIMATE PROTEST
150
FREEFIRE ZONE
156
TRIAGE
162
MORALE BOOSTERS
177
AIR WAR
200
PRISONERS OF WAR I
221
CAMERAS BOOKS AND GUNS
238
ANTIWAR ESCALATIONS
262
THEY SLEPT AT OUR HOUSE
279
THE TURNING POINT 196870
283
FROM CAMBODIA TO KENT STATE
377
ENDINGS 197075
391
THE END OF THE TUNNEL
393
WE REALLY BELIEVED
413
WATERGATE
430
THE WORLD WAS COMING TO AN END
441
EVERYBODY THOUGHT WED WON THE WAR
456
PARIS
461
PRISONERS OF WAR II
470
COLLAPSE
493
THE MERRIMENT WAS SHORTLIVED
508
LEGACIES 1975
513
MISSING IN ACTION
515
WARZONE CHILDHOODS
520
SILENCES
529
SOUVENIRS
534
TAPS
536
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Christian G. Appy holds a Ph.D. in American civilization and has taught at both Harvard University and MIT, where he was an associate professor of history. He is the author of Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam and the editor of the series Culture, Politics and the Cold War.

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