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Winners & Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War Paperback – November 17, 1992

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Gloria Emerson (1929–2004) covered Vietnam as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times from 1965 to 1972, for which she won the George Polk Award. Winners and Losers won the National Book Award in 1978.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393309258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393309256
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gloria Emerson's early loose calculation of the closing costs of Vietnam remains extraordinarily valuable. When our government leaps before it understands/examines, then insists upon continuing long after many bright people have recognized a sequence of policy errors, this is what can happen. Episodic/impressionistic, widest possible scope, home & away. Strikingly even-handed, though Emerson developed a very strong set of opinions. Wonderful book. Terrifying war/time.
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Format: Paperback
The system of rating books by the number of stars which a reader is willing to bestow is perfect for this book. In a section called "Odd Things, But Not Forgotten," the reader is thoroughly informed of how a general was awarded a silver star, how the New York Times sent a reporter named Gloria Emerson to the Awards and Decorations Section to see why the men had made up the perfect dream when they didn't have the kind of documentation normally associated with acts of valor, and how newspaper readers responded to the story. The high point for me was a poem by a draftee, which ended with the perfect attitude for a military mind. "Let me go into battle, / a hero I shall be. / I'm forty-four, I'm still alive, / and the army's mind is me." It made me glad that I served out in the bush, and not as a clerk in some headquarters.
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While this book is not a military log of each and every battle on the Vietnam front, it is a very valuable book. It offers an honest, heart-felt, even heart-wrenching view of the EFFECT of the war on American, Soliders, and the Vietnamese
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