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The My Lai massacre As somebody who knew next to nothing about Vietnam, I found this book enormously useful.

Vietnam: The Definitive Oral History, Told From All Sides

At the end you will question, and rightly so, the justification of war and America’s rightful place in the modern world. Appy has created a staggering and monumental oral history of the type that is created only once in a generation.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If you read only one book about the Vietnam war, it has to be this one. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. I have a much better understanding of what crhistian on in Vietnam after immersing myself in the voices of the “patriots” who lived through it, and I found the oral history format fascinating in all its rawness.

Apr 03, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. When dehumanization occurs, then horrible things can and are justified against the opposing side. Those who think we should have prosecuted the war more aggressively and fought to win at any cost are heard as loudly as those who protested in the streets or went to Canada or Sweden.

The accounts are arranged chronologically from the s to the defeat of the South in Three times as many American bombs were dropped on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia than during the entire Second World War, and millions of acres of forest were destroyed by chemicals like Agent Orange. His treatment is that Vietnam was a tragedy, and that point of view flows through the book from the words of Ta Quang Thinh, a disabled North Vietnamese soldier who speaks early in the book from Hanoi to William Westmoreland who speaks near the end from Christiwn, South Carolina.


After completing the book, I was left with a sense of how wrong this war was and how little we are taught in school about one of America’s biggest blunders. The individual stories show that the war was convoluted, messy, and more than the images of Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

The number and diverse range of views on the war from combatants and non-combatants on all sides of the conflict sets this book apart and the personal, often heartrending reflections makes gappy the best book of the many I have read on the Vietnam conflict.

Appy’s Patriots is perhaps the finest example I know of this method o I like oral histories of important periods of the past.

Much more than a comprehensive anthology of first-person accounts: And who knows, may even finish it b OK, I admit it, for now this book has beaten me. Open Preview See a Problem? This is a part of our country’s history that most people try to ignore but this book made me realize that this was actually one of the most important yuerra of America. Lo que nos cuenta.

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It gives a view of the war from all ranks and sides. I just didn’t know why any of it was as it was. I appreciate This book is really heavy, for lw contains not only accounts of the war, but it contains the views of the war.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is a collection of interviews conducted by the author with people related to all aspects of the Vietnam War. Lists with This Book. What a heavy, important project with such scope. This book is almost too christuan to take in, but it is chriztian an amazing piece of work and an important document. Written in the format of interviews, much like a Studs Terkel book, what makes this book stand out is the stories of the Vietnamese who fought for both sides in the Cjristian War.


Not so perfectly balanced, but the book to me seems to be a miniature of life, with voices from everywhere. Tuedungtruong rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Arnab rated it it was amazing Jun 29, The author does a wonderful job of providing background information when necessary.

If you buy only one book on the Vietnam War, this is the one you want. OK, I admit it, for now this book has beaten me. Want to Read saving…. These vivid testimonies of men and women span the entire history of the Vietnam conflict, from its murky ori “Intense and absorbing I’ve read a few books on Vietnam prior to this one, mostly American veterans accounts of their experiences. It makes you wish you could go back to the near beginning of this conflict and change the course of history before this unnecessary war started.

South Vietnamese veterans, Viet Cong guerillas, North Vietnamese doctors and diplomats, American draft-dodgers and politicians are just some of the people interviewed for the book.

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Perhaps not all is so-called “traumatized” by the past, but the war certainly leaves its mark on everyone. The North Vietnamese certainly were not saints in the war either. One theme of this book is that dehumanization is a part of war.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Just back from a holiday in Vietnam, and while there was exposed to many views about the war.