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From the Publisher"The image is ingrained: A Vietnam veteran, arriving home from the war, gets off a plane only to be greeted by an angry mob of antiwar protesters yelling, 'Murderer!' and 'Baby killer!' Then out of the crowd comes someone who spits in the veteran's face. The only problem, according to Jerry Lembcke, is that no such incident ever has been documented. It is instead, says Lembcke, a kind of urban myth that reflects our lingering national confusion over the war."
-Los Angeles Times
"The best history I have seen on the impact of the war on Americans, both then and now."
"Lembcke builds a compelling case against collective memory by demonstrating that remembrances of Vietnam were almost at direct odds with circumstantial evidence."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"The myth of the spat-upon veteran is not only bad history, but it has been instrumental in selling the American public on bad policy."
-Maurice Isserman,Chicago Tribune
"Well-argued and documented"