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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091910129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091910129
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,963,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Defintive, profound and utterly relevant" Daily Telegraph "The most fascinating collection of memories - some of them extremely painful - that I have read in a long time" Scottish Sunday Herald "No conventional account could begin to evoke the raw reality of Vietnam as vividly as this ambitious oral history" Scotsman "An exemplary oral history ... profoundly moving as well as informative" BBC History

About the Author

Christian G. Appy holds a Ph.D. in American civilisation and has taught at both Harvard and MIT, where he was an associate professor of history. He is the author of Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam and the editor of the series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War. He currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Pickford on September 28, 2008
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So much has been written about Vietnam it's hard to imagine any book could add meaningfully to the pile: Christian Appy somehow manages to do that. And it's probably because, as much as possible, he lets others speak. Vets (from both sides of the conflict), anti-war activists, reporters, politicians, film-makers; all find their voice. Some of their stories are moving; all are enlightening. Why hear a historians perspective, when you can read an eyewitnesses'?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Bank on May 24, 2013
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This comprehensive book exceeded my expectations. Often reviewers say that they couldn't put down a certain book and had to read it through from start to finish in one sitting. This book wasn't one of those "un-put-downable" books. At 550 pages you couldn't read it in one night. In fact, the interviews are so powerful and express so many points of view on the Vietnam War that I didn't want the book to end and I took my time reading it. Most of the people interviewed in the book vividly described or analysed perspectives on the 13-year war that revealed how damaging, costly and ultimately pointless the war was.

Having just spent two weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia this April, I saw everywhere the consequences of the aggression America took against such a small country. About two million Vietnamese were killed in the war, half of them soldiers, the other half innocent non-combatants. 58,000 American military personnel lost their lives in that enormous mistaken attempt to stop Communism from being adopted in that country. The US bombing in Cambodia destabilized the government there and gave rise to Pol Pot's murderous Khmer Rogue resulting in the deaths of about 2 million Cambodians.

Drawing on 350 interviews the author produced a superb record of the complex events. He provided the lucid connecting discussion to link the interviews. I was a university student during the start of the hostilities; most of us students opposed the war from the outset and demonstrated against it whenever we could.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. STANLEY MILLER on December 1, 2012
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After spending ten consecutive years in Vietnam 1965-1975 I naturally followed up with reading every published work I could on the subject. My research numbered perhaps 25 books. This one by Christian Apply was the most interesting. Others were interesting but historical and dry while this volume was sensitive on a personal level and therefore brought war to life as no other writer did with the exception of Tim O'Brians The Things They Carried and other good works he wrote.
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