By turns harrowing, inspiring, and revelatory, Patriotsis not a chronicle of facts and figures but a vivid human history of the war. In times like that everybody wanted to do their best for the country. What surprises me is that I am very easy to be moved, but difficult to be angered. At the end, I for one felt more than satisfied because I had reached a greater understanding of the event that changed my life and the life of the nation. This was not the case. They could simply not stand to read the paper or watch the television. Incredible primary source about the Vietnam War.
Its an impressive, valuable book. Christian Appys penetrating and lucid account helps us make sense as few books have of this difficult chapter in the nations history. Then will probably find Although the Vietnam war was going on in my lifetime, I didn't know or really understand what it was all about. That responsibility fell to the poor and the working class of America. And surely there are still so many things uncovered. Jo Collins: I just thought I was going to Europe Deirdre English: How can my country be at war and I don't know about it? 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. Millions died before the American portion of the war began.
I was most impressed by the analyses of both Jonathan Schell and Daniel Ellsberg. Este libro ahonda en varios aspectos que me permitieron derribar estos mitos, y ver el conflictos desde diversos ángulos, tanto militares, como políticos. I was looking for a book that would give me a strong understanding of the Vietnam war as a whole. Individuals holding every possible attitude toward the war are allowed to speak. The Free-Fire Zone tactic consisted of Americans telling everyone to leave a given area. I weighed about fifty-two kilograms then. With that thought in mind, I cannot take your place, think your thoughts, know all you know, and tell you what I would do if I were you.
I only have a few nitpicks with this book, but they are minor and did not diminish my opinion of the book. I was reminded of this book while teaching my World Politics college course last night so wanted to add it to my Read list. They fought a French, a Japanese, and then another French occupation. After completing the book, I was left with a sense of how wrong this war was and how little we are taught i One of the best historical accounts of a war I've ever read. It includes new work from experienced and emerging scholars that expands the scope of the genre by applying fresh theoretical approaches and archival resources to the study of war films.
Absolutely one of the best books about Vietnam I've ever read and I've read quite a few. These are among the questions addressed in this collection of original essays. Table of Contents Patriots Preface Part One: Introductions Commanders Bernard Trainor: It turned out the major of Danang was a double agent Dang Vu Hiep: With all those choppers they seemed terribly strong War Heroes Roger Donlon: We were babes in arms in every way Tran Thi Gung: I was stuck in a tunnel for seven days Paying the Price Ta Quang Thinh: They carried me the whole way back to the North George Watkins: That sand was probably the only thing that saved me Phan Xuan Sinh: Ail my ancestors are buried here Where is Vietnam? Appy's oral history of the Vietnam War probes the war's path through both the United States and Vietnam. And I have read quite a few. Not only from the left and right of the domestic American scene although both are presented but from the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese perspectives as well.
Perhaps nowhere is this better illustrated than in the just-mentioned section on entertainers. Appy wanted to open eyes to confront the war's full picture and how personal accounts contradict the collective memory of the conflict. Every day I had to climb a mountain carrying a pack filled with thirty-five kilograms of stones and sand. Authoritative, insightful, sometimes surprising, and controversial, American Reckoning is a fascinating mix of political and cultural reporting that offers a completely fresh account of the meaning of the Vietnam War. Cultural attitudes, practices, and values are examined through a range of topics and sources, from travel literature and Broadway musicals to philanthropic organizations and Time magazine. The 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.
Brand new: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. Appyis a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of two previous books on the Vietnam War. This book demonstrates that he is also a master at presenting individuals with a petard and allowing them to light the thing themselves. South Vietnam Patriots is hands-down the best book on the Vietnam War I have read. Appy takes a different approach. 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. Especially poignant testimony comes from those who suffered the most, the Vietnamese if the U.
There is no doubt that Christian Appy achieved his stated objective of writing a book that records and brings forward accounts from all sides of the Vietnam War--doubly so when one notes that among the book jacket blurbs are raving comments from both left-of-Trotsky historian Howard Zinn and Studs Terkel. Chalmers Johnson: The campus was turning into a celebration of Maoism Steve Sherlock: Steve Sherlock, bronze star with a V. I learned so much about the Vietnam war; a lot that I'm not so sure I wanted to know. Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences. Seller Inventory 000292 Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2004. The essays address complex questions of gender, race, forced internment, international terrorism, and war protest in films such as American Sniper, Good Kill, Grace is Gone, Gran Torino, The Messenger, Snow Falling on Cedars, So Proudly We Hail, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Tender Comrade, and Zero Dark Thirty.