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Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism…

Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1969, Volume 1

by Milton J. Bates, Lawrence Lichty, Paul L. Miles, Ronald Spector, Marilyn Young

Other authors: Joseph Alsop (Contributor), Michael J. Arlen (Contributor), Peter Arnett (Contributor), Russell Baker (Contributor), Homer Bigart (Contributor)41 more, Jeffrey Blankfort (Contributor), Malcolm W. Browne (Contributor), Kevin Buckley (Contributor), Walter Cronkite (Contributor), Beverly Deepe (Contributor), Bernard B. Fall (Contributor), Frances FitzGerald (Contributor), John Flynn (Contributor), Martha Gellhorn (Contributor), Henry F. Graff (Contributor), Zalin Grant (Contributor), Meg Greenfield (Contributor), David Halberstam (Contributor), Frank Harvey (Contributor), Richard Harwood (Contributor), Marguerite Higgins (Contributor), David Hoffman (Contributor), Thomas A. Johnson (Contributor), Ward S. Just (Contributor), Stanley Karnow (Contributor), Daniel Lang (Contributor), Steve Lerner (Contributor), Lee Lescaze (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Joe McGinniss (Contributor), Charles Mohr (Contributor), Don Moser (Contributor), Don Oberdorfer (Contributor), McCandlish Phillips (Contributor), Jonathan Randal (Contributor), Roger Rapoport (Contributor), Harrison E. Salisbury (Contributor), Jonathan Schell (Contributor), Neil Sheehan (Contributor), Susan Sheehan (Contributor), Jack P. Smith (Contributor), Wallace Terry (Contributor), William Tuohy (Contributor), John T. Wheeler (Contributor), Tom Wolfe (Contributor)

Series: Reporting Vietnam (1)

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Twenty-five years after the last American troops withdrew from Vietnam, this unique two-volume anthology from the Library of America evokes a turbulent and controversial period in American history and journalism. Drawn from original newspaper and magazine reports and contemporary books, this volume along with its companion brings together the work of over eighty remarkable writers to create an unprecedented mosaic view of America's longest war and its impact on an increasingly fractured American society. The first volume traces the deepening American involvement in South Vietnam from the first deaths of American advisers in 1959 through the controversial battle of "Hamburger Hill" in 1969. Malcolm Browne, Neil Sheehan, and David Halberstam report on the guerrilla warfare of the early 1960s; Jack P. Smith, Ward Just, and Peter Arnett experience the terrors of close-range combat in the Central Highlands; Marguerite Higgins and Frances FitzGerald observe South Vietnamese politics; Jonathan Schell records the destructive effects of American firepower in Quang Ngai; Tom Wolfe captures the cool courage of navy pilots over North Vietnam. Writers who covered the bitter controversy at home are included as well-Meg Greenfield describing an early teach-in, Norman Mailer at the Pentagon March, Jeffrey Blankfort exploring the sorrowful impact of the war on a small town in Ohio. Thomas Johnson and Wallace Terry examine the changing attitudes of African-American soldiers fighting America's first fully integrated war. Volume 1 includes interviews and reportage by Neil Sheehan, David Halberstam, Russell Baker, Meg Greenfield, Martha Gellhorn, Ward Just, Tom Wolfe, Mary McCarthy, Seymour Hersh, Francine du Plessix and others. Volume 2 includes reportage by Seymour Hersh, Francine du Plessix Gray, John Saar, Gloria Emerson, Sydney Schanberg, Flora Lewis, Peter Arnett, and others.… (more)

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A first class rendition of Vietnam reportage. Helped by including "Dispatches" by Michael Herr in full in Vol.2.
What emerges from these writers is a feeling that in war, the human being enters a new state of being. Ideological delusion, when acted out requires the soldier, the advisor, the politician, the victim, everyone who's close at hand to enter a new crazed mentality. A moral civilized standpoint doesn't seem to work much any more.
Because war destroys one's humanity, a survivor from this hellish state suffers agonies and fears that haunt the person, too often for a lifetime. It is heartbreaking to remember that the average age of the combatant in this devastating descent to madness was nineteen.
A masterpiece from the Library of America.
  ivanfranko | Aug 6, 2017 |
Library of America has put together a unique collection of newspaper and magazine articles from some the most prominent writers and journalists from the Vietnam era; detailing America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Part 1 covers everything from the first deaths of American advisors in 1959 to the growing protest movement of 1969. Included in this collection is everything from detached and dispassionate pieces on policy to gut wrenching firsthand accounts of battles and protests. Laid out in chronological order, this collection is the history of the Vietnam War’s first ten years, at least from the American perspective.

Prior to this book I really didn’t know much about the Vietnam War. For instances, I didn’t realize the complexity of the politics, tactics, and the Vietnamese culture was so obvious to so many of these authors. It seems naïve now, but I thought much of these details were only reveled to us through the lens of history. Granted this collection is very pessimistic or anti-war. There’s not must of a hawkish point-of-view presented within its pages. Which is a fault, my parents remember the public debate be much richer than what is presented in this collection. It’s hard to gauge whether this is an actual accounting of the history without the propaganda or if this is the whitewashed less complicated version. It would have been nice to be presented with both views, so that a reader like me could get a more balanced view of the time. Not that a single coherent thread is a bad thing. It’s just nice to have a few more counterpoints sprinkled throughout the collection for a more nuanced view of history. The advantage though of a single minded approach makes for a coherent thread and an understandable timeline for a novice.

This collection is informative, sad, and tragic. There’s no light reading, it’s all pretty rough and will leave you ragged by it all. But it’s worth it. It’s worth understanding the sheer stupidity of war, it’s worth understanding the motivations of those that serve, it’s worth understanding the social and political turmoil of the era, and it’s worth understanding the complexity of the decisions faced by the people that come before us. Vietnam was an important time for the America for so many reasons. ( )
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Bates, Milton J.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lichty, Lawrencemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Miles, Paul L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Spector, Ronaldmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Young, Marilynmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alsop, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arlen, Michael J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnett, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bigart, HomerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blankfort, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Browne, Malcolm W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckley, KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cronkite, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deepe, BeverlyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fall, Bernard B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
FitzGerald, FrancesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flynn, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gellhorn, MarthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graff, Henry F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, ZalinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenfield, MegContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halberstam, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harvey, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harwood, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Higgins, MargueriteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Johnson, Thomas A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Just, Ward S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Lang, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lerner, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lescaze, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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McCarthy, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Mohr, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moser, DonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oberdorfer, DonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Randal, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rapoport, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salisbury, Harrison E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schell, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Smith, Jack P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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