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Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This book masterfully puts together information not only taken f

This book masterfully puts together information not only taken from multiple credible sources, but also documents and provides sources for the United States' conduct in Vietnam. Turse pulls no punches as he describes the banality of atrocities and other war crimes commi...
This book masterfully puts together information not only taken from multiple credible sources, but also documents and provides sources for the United States' conduct in Vietnam. Turse pulls no punches as he describes the banality of atrocities and other war crimes committed with almost absolute impunity. If we do not come to terms with and accept that our nation's actions in Vietnam constituted almost daily war crimes, then we are doomed to repeat those actions. This book should make us wonder about the reports of illegal killings and atrocities committed by US forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Are the perpetrators just a few "bad apples" like Lt. Calley, as we were told about those crimes that were reported in Vietnam? Or do they indicate a greater, more systemic problem. As a Vietnam Era veteran, after reading the evidence Mr. Turse presents in this book and then looking at similarities in the rationale and descriptions of crimes recently committed, I tend to suspect that we are looking at a systemic problem. We are no longer the "good guys wearing white hats" -- if we ever were.

posted by wjshelton on January 20, 2013

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4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I served with the First Cavalry Division and can tell the reader

I served with the First Cavalry Division and can tell the readers that I never received an order to “Kill Anything That Moves”, participated in an atrocity, or heard rumor of an atrocity. It is clear to me that Nick Turse’s intention is to single out and defame all Vi...
I served with the First Cavalry Division and can tell the readers that I never received an order to “Kill Anything That Moves”, participated in an atrocity, or heard rumor of an atrocity. It is clear to me that Nick Turse’s intention is to single out and defame all Vietnam Veterans. Little or no mention is made of the atrocities committed by others (North Vietnamese, Viet Cong, Khmer Rouge, or Pathet Lao) before, during, or after the period (1965-1975) as others have noted in their one star reviews on other Websites. There are many good references about Vietnam but this is not one of them.

posted by BillyBobGreeley on April 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Worth the money if you like military history

    Footnoted and thorough to a fault. Factual account of the extent to which American soldiers mistreated and killed the Vietnamese civilian population, often ordered from the top and covered up at the top.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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