Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"This Book Will Remind You Why We Must Never Forget What Our Country Did to Vietnam"

"For Turse, a journalist and the author of a previous book on the military industrial complex’s impact on daily life, the first glimmer of understanding came in 2001 when, as a graduate student researching post-traumatic stress disorder among Vietnam veterans, he happened upon the records of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group. This was 'a secret Pentagon task force that had,' he writes, 'been assembled after the My Lai massacre to ensure that the army would never again be caught off-guard by a major war crimes scandal.' The papers 'documented a nightmare war that is essentially missing from our understanding of the Vietnam conflict.'"

Tom Gallagher in the Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Nick Turse's Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.

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