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My Lai

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This volume introduces students to the most controversial incident of the Vietnam War - the My Lai massacre when almost 400 Vietnamese civilians were killed in four hours. The authors discuss the ramifications of the cover-up and the ensuing investigations for the American public, policymakers, the anti-War movement and the soldiers involved. They examine the causes of the massacre and the issues of culpability and human rights. The narrative is built around 70 primary documents drawn mainly from testimony and ...

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Overview

This volume introduces students to the most controversial incident of the Vietnam War - the My Lai massacre when almost 400 Vietnamese civilians were killed in four hours. The authors discuss the ramifications of the cover-up and the ensuing investigations for the American public, policymakers, the anti-War movement and the soldiers involved. They examine the causes of the massacre and the issues of culpability and human rights. The narrative is built around 70 primary documents drawn mainly from testimony and reports from the government enquiry into the outrage.

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Introduces students and general readers to the most controversial event of the Vietnam War, the My Lai massacre, in which some 400 civilians were killed by American soldiers in 1968. An overview examines the massacre and the attempted cover-up and discusses the ramifications that the ensuing investigation had for the public, policymakers, and the antiwar movement. Eight topical chapters reprint 68 primary documents, drawn mainly from testimony and reports of General Peers' inquiry, to chronicle events leading up to, during, and after the massacre. Includes b&w photos, a glossary, a chronology, and discussion questions. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Randy Roberts teaches history at Purdue University.

Jim Olson teaches history at Sam Houston State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
INTRODUCTION: Background to the Vietnam War and events leading up to My Lai
DOCUMENTS: GENERAL; AND THE TESTIMONY AND RESPONSES
The Official Story (3 documents)
The Official Rules of Modern Warfare (5 documents)
Experience of War - December 1967 to March 14 1968 (4 documents)
The Briefings - March 15 1968
The Assault on My Lai
The Cover-up
Exposure and Investigation
Culpability
APPENDICES
Questions for Consideration
Suggested Reading List
Glossary
Index

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