Stolen Valor

Stolen Valor

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by B. G. Burkett

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Burkett and Whitley expose phony heroes who have become the object of recent television documentaries--liars and fabricators who have become bestselling authors basing their careers on non-existent Vietnam service. 16 photos. 750 pp.


Burkett and Whitley expose phony heroes who have become the object of recent television documentaries--liars and fabricators who have become bestselling authors basing their careers on non-existent Vietnam service. 16 photos. 750 pp.

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Stolen Valor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is clear that this is a work that should be carried on the front page of every newspaper in the country. The effort of the writers to document the truth is outstanding and demonstrates what kind of real character most of the troops who served in Vietnam demonstrate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A magnificent work that explodes the myths perpetrated by the leftists in the media and academe as well as the draft dodging cowards who continue to enjoy the privileges of U.S. living, paid for by those who answered the call. Mr. Burkett and Ms. Whitley address all the myths regarding Vietnam: drug use, race, Agent Orange, PTSD, etc. in a richly documented work. Every Vietnam Vet owes Mr. Burkett and Ms. Whitley an enormous debt of gratitude. I extend my most sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to Mr. Burkett and Ms. Whitley for an extraordinarily courageous and factually accurate book. God bless you both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been frustrated by listening to supposed Viet-nam vets and their stories. Being a true vet who served with the 173rd Airborne, I now see from this book how they,(the phonies) came about and how the public accepted their lies. I have always suspected that the overwhelming majority of us returned and led productive lives. This book verifies that idea. If you truly served, this book is a must read. Thank you Mr. Burkett and Ms. Whitley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone, veteran and non-veteran, should read this book. It is startling and if you aren't outraged, you should be. As a Korean War and Viet Nam War veteran I was astounded at the extent of fraudulent imposter 'heroes.' This book is a revelation. It should alert everyone to question these activities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book it is apparent that the VA is staffed by some of the most incompetent idiots on the face of the earth. The worthless frauds who prey on the system should be dragged out of hospitals and thrown into the street and the millions spent on worthless PTSD claims terminated. Is anyone in Washington D.C. listening? A great, eye-opening book long overdue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When a political faction can establish a platform of 'services' (financial, medical, etc.) which results in a majority of any segment of society becoming dependent upon them, they control that segment of society. In my opinion, that amounts to mind control. This book describes a process that appears to me to be doing just that. I appreciated the authors having taken care to provide documentation to support the various arguements.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I concur with the majority of the individuals who reviewed STOLEN VALOR. The Vietnam Veterans of America is an organization that is rife with phonies, liars, and malcontents who defecate on the graves and reputations of better men than most of them will ever be. Read STOLEN VALOR and learn of the absolute incompetence of the Veterans Administration and the conscious lies of America's popular media. CNN should do prime time specials on STOLEN VALOR, not easily disproved lies like Operation Tailwind. I wonder why none of the phonies who are exposed in STOLEN VALOR haven't sued the author like they threatended? I guess those worms have crawled back under their rocks. Thank God for 'Bug' Burkett!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely can a book change the public understanding of a major period of history. Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of its Heroes and its History by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley is such a book. It was selected for this year's Colby Award, presented at the William E. Colby Military Writers Symposium at Norwich April 5-7. This award is given for a first work of fiction or non-fiction which has made a major contribution to the understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs. Ten years in the making, this carefully researched work grew out of Burkett's experiences in raising funds for the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial in l986. He discovered that the difficulties he had arose from major misconceptions the press and the general public have concerning the veterans and the history of the Vietnam War. A veteran of that war himself, Burkett exposed many phony veterans as well as real veterans seeking unearned glory and sympathy. The chief tool he used was the ordinary citizen's right to check on anyone's service record, accorded by the Freedom of Information Act. As Burkett dug deeper into the records, he uncovered more than just a few 'wannabe' heroes. He found widespread misconceptions about the war and its warriors that have evolved into established myths. In great detail Burkett and his amanuensis, Glenna Whitley, argue that the Vietnam conflict was not a class war, did not produce a generation of drug addicts and victims of PTSD. They maintain that the incidence of PTSD is grossly overrated and in a preponderance of cases is invented by veterans and phony veterans seeking money, sympathy, and in some cases relief in criminal courts. Equally guilty are mental health specialists and bureaucrats who have been feathering their nests. Another myth tackled by Stolen Valor concerns Agent Orange. The authors bring forth statistics which show that despite numerous studies there is no evidence that the minute amounts of dioxin in the defoliant have caused any serious illness, even for the defoliant crews, the Ranch Hands, who used to drink the stuff as a rite of initiation. Agent Orange did not even kill the trees. Yet as recently as 1996 President Clinton extended veterans' compensation for exposure to Agent Orange to all Vietnam veterans who contract prostate cancer. In the normal course of events one in five of all males will contract that disease. How could these myths have taken hold of the public imagination? Burkett argues that some of the blame falls on the early anti-war protesters who planted the seeds of discord with propaganda, misinformation. The thrust of much of this propaganda was accented by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and carried forward into modern times by the successor to that organization, the Veterans of the Vietnam War. The press bears much of the blame, too, according to Burkett, with its acceptance of false wartime and postwar stereotypes. The gullible and opportunistic press affects a gullible public. Famous TV reporters like Dan Rather and Mike Wallace absorb Burkett's barbs, and even popular writers like Tom Clancy are shown to err at times, fooled by convincing poseurs. While veterans have been harmlessly exaggerating their exploits since the time of Odysseus, modern liars have hurt the taxpayer, the honest veteran, and the reputation for honor, self-sacrifice, and integrity of the Armed Forces of the United States. This is the well-argued and well-supported thesis of Stolen Valor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Burkett and Whitley aim to restore well-deserved honor to Vietnam Vets by exposing widespread chicanery by misfits who wear the mantel of Vietnam hero/victims. Other guilty parties they expose are the news/entertainment media, the Veterans Administration, some veterans organizations, and a number of celebrities, including members of Congress. If one believes the convincing cases presented in this book, many shelves of 'phony books' and other documentations (movies, documentaries, etc..) should be relegated to the land fill. This book helps to ratify the positive feeling of honor I've always had regarding my combat service in Vietnam. I hope that many other veterans will have to opportunity to read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stolen Valor is an excellent book using novel technique to keep the reader going, but it uses the same technique it argues against. PTSD exists, but the author claims it doesn't and anyone who suffers from war trauma is likely to be faking. To me, this has destroyed the credibility of an otherwise great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The media has indeed portrayed the Vietnam veteran as a crimianl. And the public eats it up, with investigations and revelations of war atrocities never ending, e.g., Senator Kerrey. The authors claim that journalists, writers, and film producers have been unfair to the average veteran and have profited on sensationalism. But they should know that war stories will be war stories, be they coming out of Vietnam or any war. The authors suggest two motives for the lies: politics and profit. I think they¿re right. But it doesn¿t take authors like Burkett and Whitley to tell us that the real truth about war is found in books like 'All Quiet on the Western Front' and 'Red Badge of Courage', and movies like 'Band of Brothers.' What the authors uncover are lies about the obviously false. They do admit that those who really fought in combat in Vietnam can spot a phony a mile away. They do service to those who haven¿t served, which is good. As for the remark by reviewer Richards that ¿Agent Orange did not even kill the trees,¿ he obviously never saw what happened to the Ho Bo Woods during the late 60¿s. The trees I saw in the so-called 'woods' looked like telephone poles. If that's not dead, I don't know what is. Burkett and Whitley say nothing of the damage to the Vietnamese--you know, the people we were fighting to protect from communism--caused by dioxin in the ground and water supply. That¿s a war atrocity of immense proportions that the public knows little about. I suggest these people are hurting more than the valorous vets who didn¿t get their medals polished when they returned home.