"A deeply researched and compellingly written book that significantly contributes to scholarship on the Vietnam War, its legacy, and the study of contemporary military culture."
-David Kieran, H-Diplo Roundtable
"Fluid and engrossing."
-A Nota Bene selection of The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Armed with Abundance
is a conceptually significant work that will inspire others to explore further a little studied area of military history."
-Michigan War Studies Review
"Belongs on any reading list on the American experience in Southeast Asia."
-Journal of American History
"Lair adds to our understanding of the Vietnam conflict with an exploration of a topic that is acknowledged but not necessarily expounded upon in other studies."
"Lair has laid the foundation stone for a new historiographical approach, a research field that focuses on the other aspect of warfare, the leisure culture during wartime and between battles. This research can serve as a model for the examination of similar phenomena in other wars."
"One of the most important--and satisfying--recent histories of the Vietnam War."
-Richard A. Ruth, H-Diplo Roundtable
"A valuable work for any student of this war. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."
"In this refreshing, original book, Meredith Lair attempts to disrupt and transform traditional narratives of the [Vietnam] war by focusing on the overwhelming majority of American personnel in Vietnam who served in noncombat positions. . . . [Her] bold and courageous book encourages us to ask difficult questions about what this means for traditional and often-outdated ideas about the military, soldiers, and citizens during wartime."
-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Armed with Abundance
contributes significantly to scholarship on the Vietnam War and especially on transformations in the U.S. military since the mid-twentieth century. Lair's arguments are provocative and persuasive."
-Jessica Elkind, H-Diplo Roundtable
"Meredith Lair's fascinating analysis of rear-echelon life among American G.I.s dramatically challenges our most common conceptions of U.S. military experiences in Vietnam. From steaks to steambaths, swimming pools to giant PXs, the amenities provided on large bases not only belie conventional images of that war, but also stand as dramatic testimony to the desperate and unsuccessful effort of American officials to bolster flagging troop morale as the war lurched toward its final failure."--Christian G. Appy, author of Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam
Popular representations of the Vietnam War tend to emphasize violence, deprivation, and trauma. By contrast, Lair focuses on the noncombat experiences of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam--finding that consumption and satiety, rather than privation and sacrifice, defined most soldiers' Vietnam deployments.