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In Country: Remembering the Vietnam War Hardcover – December 16, 2011

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National Security Archives historian Prados, who has long specialized in the Vietnam War (Inside the Pentagon Papers), presents a compendium of first-person accounts of the American war. Although most of the voices are those of American service personnel and North and South Vietnamese military veterans, Prados also includes a sprinkling of civilian participants, including CIA operatives. (All of the words are excerpted from previously published material.) The book contains a brief overview of the war’s history, and short introductions to each entry. The voices offer a message that is not political, writes Prados. Rather, 'it is one built from the ordeals and adventures of men and women thrown into the maelstrom of this war.' Some of those men and women will be familiar to students of the Vietnam War: Philip Caputo, Fred Downs, W.D. Ehrhart, Ronald Glasser, David Hackworth, Hal Moore, Colin Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jack Smith, Ray Stubbe, Hugh Thompson, Lynda Van Devanter, Bruce Weigl. A preponderance of the witnesses are officers, and only a scarce handful are support personnel. Still, this is a valuable collection of primary source material that succeeds in the author’s goal of recapturing 'the smell and the taste of Vietnam' and the on-the-ground experiences of those who fought there. (Publishers Weekly)

Prados' great gift is his solid structure and commentary that add a context that might--just might--lead to understanding. (Army Magazine)

A good collection of primary source material that succeeds in the author’s goal of recapturing ‘the smell and the taste’ of Vietnam and the feelings of the vets confronting the land and the adversary. (The VVA Veteran)

John Prados performs a valuable service, drawing together the perspectives of those who fought the war on the ground in Vietnam. The result is illuminating, and often moving. He puts faces on those who bore the burden of the bloody fighting on both sides. This is a must-read for military historians and Vietnam War veterans. (James H. Willbanks, author of Abandoning Vietnam)

Nothing illuminates the true nature of war as well as the voices of those who experienced it firsthand. In this valuable volume, John Prados has gathered together an impressive array of first-person testimony from a wide range of individuals who took part in America's long, controversial war in Vietnam. This book provides readers with page after page of insights on the complex nature of that conflict. Highly recommended. (Marc Leepson, journalist, author, historian)

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John Prados is widely recognized as one of the foremost historians of the Vietnam War and of national security affairs. A Columbia University Ph.D., he is a senior fellow at the National Security Archives. His widely reviewed and award-winning books include Presidents' Secret Wars, Pentagon Games, Keepers of the Keys, Inside the Pentagon Papers, The Blood Road, Valley of Decision, The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, Combined Fleet Decoded, and Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe. Mr. Prados lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566638682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566638685
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Prados has edited a fantastic book filled with vignettes and stories straight from the people who fought this most unfortunate war. The contributors run the gamut rank wise, from the lowly to those in the upper echelons. Contributions from members of all branches of our services in that war are included. Even more interesting is the inclusion of insights and stories from "Charley". You know, the gooks! Mr. Prados gives insight into the context of the narratives. Thank goodness he does, as without them most of us who were not there would have almost no idea as to what these fantastic men, and women, are referring to. As many have said "You wouldn't understand, you weren't there." Or "good soldiers, bad war." After reading this book it is certainly somewhat easier to relate to the veracity of these phrases. Having been a teen in the last throes of this incredibly misguided foray I now realize how fortunate I was to be born when I was. A few years earlier and I, too, might have found myself in some of these unbelievable and bizarre situations. I know I will stand up a whole lot quicker and be a whole lot more appreciative when these vets walk down the street during parades. I thank Mr. Prados for putting this book together. I thank these vets for sharing their innermost feelings and stories. For those with a penchant for learning more about this conflict or those who spent time "in country" this book would be exceedingly valuable. Viet Nam, like Korea, deserves a whole lot more time than we give it in our history classes. And I say this as a high school history teacher myself!
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This is a very good book. John Prados has written extensively on the Vietnam War for decades. What he has done here is put on a new hat and has edited short accounts from all sorts of sources and offers individual accounts of what happened when they were there. This spans from the violent, profane and to the humorous. It presents humanity at both its best and worst.
Mostly officers and predominately from an American male point of view, he uses each entry to show a condition, be it getting a good price at the PX to combat, with SEALS or draftees who did not want to be there, to the bad and to the good. Some of the individuals we all know, like Norman Schwarzkopf, but most entries are from new names to the reader. Each chapter centers on an era or a place, but in that chapter you can get a glimpse of the overall combat situation. So one goes from the Central Highlands to the 1st Corps region, from the start of the conflict to the Abrams era. Each entry has Prados explaining the circumstances and again, we have a multitude of information and situations. The understanding of the war is clearly deep.
There are some threads that are woven through the book too. For example he has a discussion in a few places about the orders (from a Saigon bureaucrat) ordering off duty troops not to carry firearms. How crazy is that!?
There is one map and no illustrations. It does have a nice balanced introduction by Prados that I found even-handed and helpful. I could see this as an interesting read for the casual reader who can pick it up and put it down at any point and not lose one's place, or as a complimentary book in a University course on Vietnam. Well done!
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Super book. Prados is a superb writer, This book provides interesting views on the Vietnam conflict from all ranks and services.
A truly enjoyable read.
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Was added to my extensive collection of Vietnam War books. Is an interesting book. Thanks!
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