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.
The book does an excellent jib at covering all the perspectives and really demonstrates the complexity of the war. Read morePublished 20 days 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 1 month 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 6 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 7 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 11 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 11 months ago by Eddie Wannabee
The author did an outstanding job of finding and interviewing folks from both sides of the war. As a Vietnam veteran with some agent orange issues,, it amazes me that more... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hotwaterplug
The several hundred interviews of soldiers, nurses, pilots, politicians and others from many countries made this a poignant and gripping documentary. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Conner Moore
It is hard to put this book down. It is an extraordinarily well balanced portrait of the Vietnam War as told by the people who lived through it on both sides of the battle and on... Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Marshall