Vann, the epitome of a gung ho, idealistic, fighting man, manipulated reporters in order to bypass the bureaucracy and get his own views about the war out in public. Vann perceived early on that the South Vietnamese Army, which he was there advising, was not developing into an effective fighting force. He chafed at the timidity and widespread corruption among South Vietnamese leaders.
Sep 26, Christy rated it really liked it I skimmed this book again over the last couple of weeks having plowed my way through it over some months inme a 30 year old twit in grad school in New Hampshire, co-reading with my historian of war Dad in Wyoming. He is a pro-military, conservative Boll Weevil type Democrat, and everything I read across the disciplines were pushing me further and further hard-left.
I remember that this was the human story version of a work I greatly admired and emulated in its model of content analysis: Griffin and Marciano walked back and forth between what we were told about the war newspaper accounts and the quite contradictory evidence in the Pentagon Papers.
The Sheehan book particularly highlights for me the casual way sexual aggression to the end of rape is the spoils of war, as certainly how the main character used young Vietnamese girls would be considered sexual assault in the US, and is how he used and abused women both while in uniform and also when he returned as a civilian.
Both books point to the language of the war - how even though US firepower was the greatest in Vietnam ever used on the earth and still holds that record, the North Vietnamese "agressors" are those that "attacked" us and the South Vietnamese, while we merely "retaliated" or "returned" fire.
I find it mesmerizing, but also know of how some social activist friends in Veterans for Peace are thinking about it as less than accurate and with a clear US bias. I did see it was funded by the Koch brothers, although I know they own everything There was a screening of the entire series for vets in New Hampshire home state of Ken Burns!
Here is a website of information VfP put together reacting to the series: I hope Right-wing soldiers who were in Vietnam will reflect on the series, too, especially those drafted, even though we know fewer on the Right watch PBS.
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