He includes statements from significant political and military figures from both sides of the conflict, including William Westmoreland, Alexander Haig, Nikita Kruschev's son Sergei, and Vice President Nguyen Thi Bihn. But he tempers these with the voices of a World Airways stewardess who accompanied troops out of the war zone, of the widow of the immolated Norman Morrison, and of numerous Vietnamese and American non-combatants whose lives were torn by the conflagration. These tales, and the contributions from poets, writers, and activists transform the book into a epic dialogue. Indeed, Appy says that he chose the title Patriots not out of a presumed understanding of how that word should be defined, but rather because it served as a locus for so many of the inner struggles of his interviewees: "In what ways might patriotism be a force for good or inspire noble sacrifice, and when does it become a club for stifling dissent and a rallying cry for unjustifiable destruction."
Patriots is a book that will reawaken memories--horrific and jubilant--for those who lived through the troubled 1960s and 1970s; and for those just coming to understand the war, it will make vivid the trials of a different time and place. This is a lasting, powerful book that's essential reading for students of the Vietnam conflict. --Patrick OKelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This represents a sort of capstone book on the literature of the Vietnam conflict. That is, if you've read most of the work that has come out since 1973 or so, each carving out a... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Java Man Carlini
There are two sides to every argument and these comments from both parties make one realize that it all depends on your point of view based on your culture, politics, leanings and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sops
The book does an excellent jib at covering all the perspectives and really demonstrates the complexity of the war. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary
Provides an overall review of a war that should never have happened - like most wars, if not all. Ranks right up there with "The Good War" by Studs Terkel. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul Ghiotto
Alright, as an oral history student I have no complain about the topic and the interviews of the book. The author manages to capture a snapshot of the war's aftermath. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Vivien Le Coarer
While preparing for a trip there, I read several books examining the events surrounding the Viet Nam war - or as they call it the "American War". Read morePublished 16 months ago by jrc griffin
I've only had the book a couple days, but I'm plowing through it, extremely pleased with the range of voices we get to hear. And hear them we do, deftly rendered by Appy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by VG
Great book, and it definitely opened various levels of understanding of what was the Vietnam War. Since it is based on so many different voices, from all sides of the conflict, and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eddie Wannabee