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Voices from Vietnam: Eye-witness Accounts of…

Voices from Vietnam: Eye-witness Accounts of the War: 1954-1975

by Richard Burks Verrone

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Verrone and Calkins are Oral Historians at the Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University which holds the largest collection of Vietnam War related materials in the USA. In this volume, they start by giving a brief history of Vietnam after WW II and the French handling of the situation up to their defeat in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. They further examine how the USA was pulled into the situation by their fear of Communism and the domino theory that once one country succumbed to Communism, the country next door would follow until the hoards were at the shores of America.

The main focus of the book is the is the words of the men and women who fought in Vietnam or had someone close who was there. The editors include memories of Vietnamese from north and south, communist and not so you get a feel of how both sides felt about their involvement.

The book is divided into 10 chapters or themes with titles such as "Into Combat', " The Rear", "The Medical Corps", "The Tet Offensive", "The Home Front", and "Everyday Life". The quotes are from interviews or letters or memoirs of the individuals. ( )
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Between 1965 and 1975, the Vietnam War claimed over 58,000 American lives, many thousands more Allied troops from Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, as well as hundreds of thousands of troops and civilians from North and South Vietnam. The conflict changed the political and social landscape of the United States and Vietnam and greatly affected US foreign policy, reshaping the course of the Cold War. Thirty years after its end, the war remains a focal point in the lives of those who served in it and those who protested it. Its long shadow reaches into the twenty-first century as a reminder, a lesson, and a warning. Collected here are the moving and fascinating experiences of the men and women who witnessed and participated in the Vietnam War. From officers, soldiers, pilots, and medics to civilians in America who witnessed the domestic upheaval, these voices give a vivid and poignant insight into the saga that was the Vietnam War.… (more)

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