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    Stolen Valor : How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History
    by B. G. Burkett, Glenna Whitley
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1998)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars There's a reason this guy is self-published

    Surprised at the poor quality of writing and research in a book so widely quoted in Internet chat rooms as the last word on VN vets. The mistakes he made re Kerry's medals and the membership of VVAW are probably the most recently exposed problems with the book, but there are plenty more just in terms of historical context.

    Recommendation: don't bother. You can get more recent and accurate information just by performing your own Google search.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Republican Chickenhawks
    Bottom Line, If the swift Vet Liars for Bush had any honor(which they don't)it wouldn't be worth stealin anyway. Bush hates Veterans. He has fought us tooth and nail and has been forced to part with every crumb that he has throw as us Vets. If you voted for Bush...you screwed your fellow Veterans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bukett get's it
    I lobby on Capitol Hill for Veteran's benefits and have witnessed the collusion between the Veteran's affairs committees and the big VSO's like the DAV, who's preservation is tied to perpetuationg the myth that US Veteran's benefits are underfunded.

    Splinter groups like the Veteran's Benefit Network, run by faceless and nameless people witout real names and questionable work ethic pervade this landscape.

    The fact remains that no other Nation has treated Veteran's this well, and now the Bush administration has focused rightfully on those who fought. ... Read more

    Isbn: 096670360X
    Sales Rank: 109092
    Subjects:  1. 1961-1969    2. Asia - Southeast Asia    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. Influence    6. Military    7. Military - General    8. Military - Vietnam War    9. Sociology - General    10. United States    11. Vietnam War, 1961-1975    12. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975    13. Military history   


    Phoenix and the Birds of Prey : The CIA's Secret Campaign to Destroy the Viet Cong
    by Mark Moyar
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 November, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Query
    I happened on this book but haven't read it.My brother's name was mentioned in the book and I would like to hear from those who might have known him and what part he played: Mebane G. Stafford, who had 3 tours in VN, retired as a Col, now deceased.

    Marian Stafford

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent; the truth
    This is the real truth about the Phoenix Program.The anti-war left has tried for years, with some success, to discredit it with disinformation.This is a well-written, accurate history of what really happened and is convincingly documented.And real -- I know, I was there (June 1968-June 1969)

    3-0 out of 5 stars changing attitudes
    That is the title of chapter 25. Moyar tries to create the impression that loss of support for the viet cong ipso facto meant increased support for the government of South Vietnam by the peasants in the villages. I don't buy it. The peasants in many areas were fed up with the war and wanted little or nothing to do with either side. They would have been happy to have seen a coalition government that would have stopped the fighting. But the last thing in the world that Thieu would agree to was something like that. In many areas the armed viet forces on both sides reached accomodations. To some this might have looked like the Government of Vietnam was coming out on top but the people in the area knew otherwise. When Diem was in power he brought about much the same situation in the countryside where for several years he with seeming ease rounded up most of the communists, to the point where the Americans believed the communist problem was solved. But it wasn't. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557505934
    Sales Rank: 690480
    Subjects:  1. Asia - Southeast Asia    2. Central Intelligence Agency    3. Counterinsurgency    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: World    7. Military - Vietnam War    8. Military History - Vietnam Conflict    9. U.S. Government - Intelligence Agencies    10. Underground movements    11. United States    12. United States.    13. Vietnam    14. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975   

    Historical Atlas of the Vietnam War
    by Harry G. Summers, Stanley Karnow
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (02 November, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A visual diary of the War.
    This is a beautifully illustrated book with battlefield plans of the Vietnam Wars and details of all the troop movements. It places the reader right at the center of the war zone. The text on the left handside details the events involved at the time while maps are drawn on the right handside.

    The texts are concised, focused and give the reader a clear and broad picture of the war.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Problems with the Maps
    Too many things are shown in the wrong places on the maps.

    The most hilarious example is on page 97.Laos had two capital cities: the royal capital of Luang Prabang, where the (purely ceremonial) king lived, and theadministrative capital of Vientiane, where there was an actual government. On this map, Luang Prabang has been moved across the border into NorthVietnam (a very strange place for the royal capital of Laos), whileVientiane has been moved across the other border into Thailand.The samemap also has the town of Vinh, in North Vietnam, shifted westward from itsactual location near the coast; it appears on this map to be closer to theLaotian border than to the sea.

    Flip one page back to look at the map onpage 95, which shows the Tonkin Gulf Incidents and the U.S. air strikes ofAugust 5, 1964.This map has Vinh in the right place, but Hanoi has beenmislocated; it is shown as being southwest of Haipong (Hanoi is actuallynorthwest of Haiphong).More important, the map shows Hon Gai, one of thetargets of the U.S. air strikes, as being right next to the Chinese border. Hon Gai is actually well to the southwest of the location shown; if it hadbeen close to the Chinese border, Lyndon Johnson would not have approvedthe strike against it in this operation.The location shown for theaircraft carrier Constellation, which launched the planes for the strikeagainst Hon Gai, is also seriously inaccurate.

    A small inset map on page95 shows the tracks of the two U.S. destroyers Maddox and Turner Joy, onthe night of August 4, 1964, and the tracks of objects that appeared ontheir radar, believed to be torpedo boats attacking them.The track shownfor the supposed torpedo boat designated V2 bears no resemblance to anytrack that shows in the records of the destroyers, and the track shown forV1 does not bear a close resemblance to any track that shows in the recordsof the destroyers.

    I have not found so many errors in other maps in thisatlas, but I have found more than I liked.The one thing an atlas isabsolutely supposed to do is show things in the correct locations on themaps.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Adds a new dimension sorely lacking in other good books about Vietnam.Good historical coverage all the way back to pre-history, sharp clear graphics and comprehensive coverage.I was there in 1968-69 and think thisbook is a valuable addition to anyone's Vietnam collection -- or a fineplace to start if you are just learning about this country and its wars. Kudos to Colonel Summers, the author, for producing such a fine atlas. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0395722233
    Sales Rank: 547341
    Subjects:  1. Campaigns    2. Historical Atlases    3. History - Military / War    4. Military - Vietnam War    5. Military History - Vietnam Conflict    6. Politics and government    7. Reference    8. United States    9. Vietnam    10. Vietnam War, 1961-1975    11. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975    12. History / Military / Vietnam War   


    The Vietnam War Almanac
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 August, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a Vietnam War Almanac
    Very well balanced book in an almanac form.This covers places and chronological events.There are many charts, maps and significant pictures to support the information. There is a very descriptive table of contents.

    You can see that Colonel Harry G. Summers, Jr. has a very good understanding of the region and events leading up to and after the Vietnam War.

    I picked this book because it is one of the few that include an armored reconnaissance unit, the First Squadron, 10 Cavalry.Also the other units we travels with it in the Central Highlands in II Corps.Being an almanac, not enough information was given to tell the feel of the location.

    This book is well worth the cost.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great
    The Vietnam War Almanac is very informative, easy to read and to follow. If you are interested in the Vietnam War I recommend you read this almanac. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0891416927
    Sales Rank: 142896
    Subjects:  1. Asia - Southeast Asia    2. General    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. History: World    6. Military - Vietnam War    7. Reference    8. Vietnam War, 1961-1975    9. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975    10. History / Military / Vietnam War   


    Dioxin, Agent Orange: The Facts
    by Michael Gough
    Hardcover (01 April, 1986)
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    Isbn: 0306422476
    Sales Rank: 860859
    Subjects:  1. Dioxins    2. Environmental Toxicology    3. Environmental aspects    4. Eskimos    5. Health Risk Assessment    6. Medical / Nursing    7. Social life and customs    8. Sociology    9. Toxicology   

    Characterizing Exposure of Veterans to Agent Orange & Other Herbicides Used in Vietnam (Compass Series)
    by Institute of Medicine Staff
    Paperback (01 April, 1997)
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    Isbn: 0309057310
    Sales Rank: 3561040
    Subjects:  1. Medical / Nursing    2. Military    3. Military - Vietnam War    4. Research    5. Toxicology   

    Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1998
    by Institute of Medicine
    Hardcover (01 February, 2000)
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    Isbn: 0309063264
    Sales Rank: 1895981
    Subjects:  1. Agent Orange    2. Biochemistry    3. Health aspects    4. Internal Medicine    5. Medical    6. Medical / Nursing    7. Military Medicine    8. Public Health    9. Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin    10. Toxicology    11. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975   


    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Etiology, Phenomenology, and Treatment
    by Marion E. Wolf, Aron D. Mosnaim
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    Isbn: 0880482990
    Sales Rank: 2042145
    Subjects:  1. Congresses    2. Diagnosis    3. Etiology    4. Medical / Nursing    5. Mental Illness    6. Neuropsychology    7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders    8. Post-traumatic stress disorder    9. Psychiatry - General    10. Psychology    11. Treatment   


    Platoon - Bravo Company
    by Robert Hemphill, Pia S., Ph.d. Seagrave
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1998)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Patchy-san
    An interesting enough romp through 5 months of Hemphill's life although it makes me wonder whether he did anything wrong. Reliance on second hand stories detracts from what I thought was going to be an excellent read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Targeting the Hollywood Cliche
    Hemphill did not intend to write a book about his experiences in Vietnam. What some people fail to gather from this book is that the author was only prompted to write his book after he saw Oliver Stone's "Platoon." The fact was that Stone was in his platoon and he still remembers him, not to mention staying n touch with reunions.

    What this book is is a chronological and factual account of his platoon as shown in the movie (at least how he saw things as an officer). Hemphill lets you know that he has three problems with Stone's movie portrayal: there were no large dope parties at the time, no villager was murdered (or raped), and two of his sergeants were not trying to kill each other.

    If you go to see Hemphill talk about his book, as I have, you can get a real treat. He is quite engaging, even though he still keeps that stiff officer bearing which I always found so annoying. He is a real gas when he repeats his talks with Stone about the film. He even brought a framed set of Stone's handwritten reply to him. Stone sticks to his story that his movie is "fiction," but Hemphill always counters "so why did you put on the film B Co., 22nd Infantry Regiment?"

    What grates on Hemphill is the inability of so many people to separate fact from fiction. It is his mission to correct "inaccuracies" in the "fictional" account given by Stone. A fool's errand? In an odd way, by this we actually have Stone and Hemphill, from the same combat company, fighting it out in real life, not Elias and Barnes. Oh, how Hollywood.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Biggest Battle TET Offensive
    I read the book Platoon: Bravo Company by Robert Hemphill. If you are looking for lots of blood and gore in this book you're wrong. The story is told from the point of view of the Colonel, who wasn't in the middle of the action most of the time.
    The story takes place during the Vietnam War. The part that Hemphill takes us through is the powerful TET Offensive. What is good about this book is that it takes us through all of the radio conversations. It makes us wonder how it was for a Colonel, and the respect they received. The story is slow at the beginning, but gets better later on in the book. I liked it because even with slow points it really keeps readers involved and ready to find out what happens next. It is an overall good story with a neat and different perspective. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1887901256
    Sales Rank: 988353
    Subjects:  1. Captain    2. Hemphill, Robert,    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. Military    6. Military - Vietnam War    7. Military History - Vietnam Conflict    8. Military Personal Narratives    9. Personal narratives, American    10. Tet Offensive, 1968    11. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975    12. Hemphill, Robert    13. Vietnam War    14. U.S. History    15. Vietnam    16. U.S. Army   


    Facing My Lai: Moving Beyond the Massacre
    by David L. Anderson
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 January, 1998)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars mislead
    I found the book to be a surprize i thought the book was for educational use only that shouldanswer one reviewer question four hours in My Lai is a better reading book i feel

    1-0 out of 5 stars My Lai: A Failure of Command, NOT a Typical Event.
    I served two full Infantry tours in Vietnam as a Rifle Company Commander, Battalion staff officer and MACV advisor.I am proud of the American soldiers who served with me, both under my command and otherwise.In myexperience, there is no doubt that My Lai was an aberration.The men whocommitted the atrocities at My Lai were common criminals and murderers whoshould have been convicted and hanged.They were in no way acting like thevast majority of American soldiers in Vietnam.Most soldiers and marineswent to Vietnam as ordered by proper military authority, performed our dutyin very difficult -- and different -- ground combat, returned home andresumed productive lives."Facing My Lai" rehashes the oldleftist, anti-war themes of the Vietnam vet as a victim, haunted by thenasty things he did while there (like shooting down women and children atevery opportunity), whilesuffering from the effects of PTSD and AgentOrange.That is exactly the image that most Vietnam vets have been tryingto counteract ever since it was invented by the anti-war left in the late1960s and early 1970s.I am somewhat surprised that good people like HarrySummers and Hugh Thompson would be included with the likes of Jay Lifton,the anti-war leader who invented and perfected the concepts of Post-VietnamSyndrome and PTSD, in an attempt to make Vietnam vets feel guilty abouttheir service and to blame all their failings in life on their Vietnamexperience.

    If the reader really wants to know how most infantrymen --and other military personnel -- performed in Vietnam and adjusted to lifeafter their tour(s) there, I recommend two books: "Stolen Valor"by B.G. Burkett, and my book, "Platoon: Bravo Company."You oweit to those who actually fought the war to get it right!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Facing My Lai fails to address the root cause.
    I don't know why, but I am not surpassed in reading FACING MY LAI, edited by David L. Anderson, that after 25 years not too many people, including the contributors understand why My Lai happened.Furthermore it is no surprise, that the poet and the novelist were the two contributors, who understood two fundamentals: The first is that each man is responsible for his own actions and the second is that amends must be made, if there is to be healing.Ridenhour still wants to blame the top brass and the system, as if the average American doesn't know that it is wrong to kill babies.Nowhere in the book does anyone look into the role of fundamental religions setting the stage for the massacre. After all the communists were atheists who were "the servants of Satan." I heard these sermons during the war, as did most Americans.Why was Thompson the hero, where were the others that could have stopped the massacre in the beginning?I venture to say that they were in!Canada or in U.S. prisons for refusing to serve. Racism, was another subject, which should have been discussed in depth. Neither was it discussed why we send Nazi criminals back to Europe for trial while we let these murderers walk free in the US, when they are wanted in Vietnam for war crimes?

    In short the book fails to get at the root cause of the massacre. Most of the contributors want to pass the buck. On the 30 annual observation of the massacre, I was on my way to My Lai when I friend told me not to go there because they all died. He then arranged for me to go to a neighborhood in HoChiMinh City where many families from Quang Ngai had resettled after the war. I observed the anniversary with a family that had survived the war. They told me that a massacre of village was not common place during the war, but the shooting of farmers in their fields was common place.

    If you are looking for the root causes of the massacre you will not find it in this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0700608648
    Sales Rank: 986823
    Subjects:  1. Asia - General    2. Asia - Southeast Asia    3. Atrocities    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Military - Vietnam War    8. Military History - Vietnam Conflict    9. My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968    10. U.S. History - Vietnam Conflict (1965-1973)    11. Vietnam War, 1961-1975    12. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975   


    Vietnam the Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict
    by Michael Lind
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    This original and provocative book is certain to raise emotions. Its justification of America's war in Southeast Asia directly contradicts other recent studies, such asFredrik Logevall's Choosing War andRobert S. McNamara'sArgument Without End.Michael Lind, Washington Editor for Harper's magazine, examines the American military response to North Vietnamese aggression; American credibility during the cold war; domestic politics; and constitutional aspects of the conflict. He places the war's center of gravity in American public opinion rather than in the population of South Vietnam or the North Vietnamese army. In doing so, he can be blunt, as when he claims that members of the Western left who made excuses for the North Vietnamese land-reform terror were "apologists for state-sponsored genocide." One of his conclusions is that if the United States is to continue to be the dominant world power, "then American soldiers must learn to swim in quagmires." Viewing America's Southeast Asian adventure in the context of the cold war, Lind regards it not as a crime, betrayal, or tragic error, but as an unavoidable confrontation. Whether you agree with his arguments, Vietnam: The Necessary War intelligently, often vehemently, challenges preconceptions that surround the most controversial military conflict in American history. --John Stevenson ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars History written by a loser.
    From Lind, verbatim: "Who won and who lost the Vietnam War?The only complete losers were the officials of South Vietnam, whose state was erased from the map."May the dead, maimed and mourningfind some comfort that their misery could be yet more abject: they could be suffering the pain of the war's cartographic consequences.
    "Necessary War"? - Unnecessay B.S.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Short, Sweet and to the point
    The word that most aptly describes Michael Linds short concise reinterpretation of Vietnam is EXCEPTIONAL.Without giving away the ending Linds skewers ALL the sacred cows of Vietnam history and mythology.From the "Not allowed to Win" theory of the right to the "Unconstitutional War" and "Unjust War" theories on the left, to name but a few.Perspective is the tool Lind uses to dispell the myths and correct the erroneous history.The Cold War and its outcome are the prism through which Linds views the conflict and reveals the unpalatable truths of what he justifiably calls "the Necessary War".I highly recommend this work to anyone looking for a fresh take on what has become a rather stale subject.You may not agree with the conclusions Lind draws but none can argue the facts he presents.Only the most jaded cynic or hardened partisan will fail to see the insight Lind brings to the subject.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Johnson accepted the wrong advice and lost the war
    Lind(L)does an above average job in this book.There is ,however, a major lapse in his presentation.Early in 1965,President Johnson had a meeting with McNamara,the Bundy brothers,and General of the Air Force Curtis LeMay.LeMay believed that he could end the war in 3 months by means of an around the clock bombing campaign.If this did not end the war,he was fully prepared to destroy the Red River dike (flood control)system.The North Vietnamese would have been warned in advanced that the dikes would be destroyed.This,in fact,would certainly have ended the war.Unfortunately,LeMay's last words to President Johnson in this meeting were that he was "going to bomb them back into the Stone Age"(L is certainly correct that much of LeMay's past advice to American Presidents about applying strategic bombing was either doubtful and/or questionable-see page 104.However,this reviewer believes that in this case LeMay got it right).One of the Bundy brothers piped up that the North Vietnamese were already living in the Stone Age. President Johnson agreed.This won the day for McNamara and the Bundy brothers to apply their academic(economics and political science) game theory approach,which called for a series of bombing escalation campaigns(to impose a cost for not negotiating to end the war)and deescalations(a benefit or reward for negotiating an end to the war).Based on the assumption that the North Vietnamese were rational utility maximizers,they would supposedly negotiate an end to the war.Johnson had a good chance of ending the war in early to mid 1965.Instead,he took the policy advice of academics as opposed to the expert(in this case) advice of LeMay.The result was that the war lasted another 10 years.President Johnson needed to emulate President Lincoln's approach during the American Civil War-do whatever it takes to win the war as soon as possible.War is hell,so get it over with. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0684842548
    Subjects:  1. 1963-1969    2. 1969-1974    3. Foreign relations    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Military - Vietnam War    8. Military History - Vietnam Conflict    9. U.S. History - Vietnam Conflict (1965-1973)    10. United States    11. Vietnam War, 1961-1975    12. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975    13. History / General   


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