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Long Binh Jail: An Oral History of Vietnam's Notorious U.S. Military Prison Paperback – January 1, 1999
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I say "for the most part" because it is an oral history, told by prisoners and cadre. And, as Curry noted at the outset, memories tend to modify over the years into either exaggerations or self-serving alternations. I even found myself questioning my own memories of certain "incidents" and conditions there but, to be certain, Curry's account validated much of my experience. If I had any problem, it's that I wish he had used more "eye witnesses." In the eight-year history of Long Binh Jail, literally thousands passed through its Main Gate, one way or another, and seeing the same names used repeatedly for his sources was frustrating (or maybe I was just disappointed I hadn't been interviewed).
Curry traced the development of both the physical structure and the human condition of LBJ. The first began as little more than a tented encampment on old tennis courts near Tan Son Nhut Airport near Saigon. It eventually grew into the maze of fence and concertina wire that I knew at the sprawling post at Long Binh. To be sure, there was more than one LBJ, and I turned out to one of the last to work at the "old" LBJ.Read more ›
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Excellant book, well written and it was very factual and truthful in all the event that happen while prisons were there during the Vietnam War. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by F. Sawyer
this book gives a clear picture of the break down in leadership and discipline in the vietnam war.from the highest commanders there was a lack of understanding of the type of... Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by lee447