Vietnam Experience

Vietnam Experience

by Kevin Hillstrom, Laurie Collier Hillstrom
     
 

The Vietnam War was one of the most painful and divisive events in American history. The conflict, which ultimately took the lives of 58,000 Americans and more than three million Vietnamese, became a subject of bitter and impassioned debate. The most dramatic—and frequently the most enduring—efforts to define and articulate America's ill-fated

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The Vietnam War was one of the most painful and divisive events in American history. The conflict, which ultimately took the lives of 58,000 Americans and more than three million Vietnamese, became a subject of bitter and impassioned debate. The most dramatic—and frequently the most enduring—efforts to define and articulate America's ill-fated involvement in Vietnam emerged from popular culture. American journalists, novelists, playwrights, poets, songwriters, and filmmakers—many of them eyewitnesses—have created powerful, heartfelt works documenting their thoughts and beliefs about the war. By examining those works, this book provides readers with a fascinating resource that explores America's ongoing struggle to assess the war and its legacies.

This encyclopedia includes 44 essays, each providing detailed information on an important film, song, or literary work about Vietnam. Each essay provides insights into the Vietnam-era experiences and views of the work's primary creative force, historical background on issues or events addressed in the work, discussion of the circumstances surrounding the creation of the work, and sources for further information. This book also includes an appendix listing of more than 275 films, songs, and literary works dealing with the war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313301834
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Advisory Board
Preface
After Our War: Conscientious Objectors and Other Draft Resisters1
Apocalypse Now: The Vietnam War as Hallucinatory Experience6
The Armies of the Night: The March on the Pentagon16
"The Ballad of the Green Berets": U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam25
The Best and the Brightest: Policymakers of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations29
Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans: African Americans and Vietnam38
"Born in the U.S.A.": Returning Home from the War43
Born on the Fourth of July: Disabled Veterans in America50
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam: Military Advisor John Paul Vann and His Experiences in Vietnam57
Casualties of War: Atrocities in Vietnam65
Coming Home: Antiwar Vietnam Veterans72
The Deer Hunter: The Fall of Saigon79
Dispatches: Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive89
Fields of Fire: GI View of the Antiwar Movement96
Fire in the Lake: Impact of the War on Vietnamese Society102
"Fortunate Son": Vietnam as a Working-Class War111
Friendly Fire: "Friendly Fire" Casualties and Stateside Grief117
Full Metal Jacket: Lessons of Basic Training123
Go Tell the Spartans: U.S. Advisory Effort in Vietnam128
Going After Cacciato: Desertion during the Vietnam War133
The Green Berets: U.S. Media Coverage of the War138
The Hanoi Hilton: American POWs146
Hearts and Minds: American Apathy after the U.S. Withdrawal152
Home before Morning: American Nurses in Vietnam160
In Country: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial166
In Pharaoh's Army: "Survivor's Guilt"172
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam: Robert McNamara and the War177
The Killing Fields: The Khmer Rouge Takeover of Cambodia185
"Masters of War": The Military-Industrial Complex194
Meditations in Green: Drug Abuse in Vietnam202
"Ohio": The Kent State Shootings208
"Okie from Muskogee": Anthems of the "Silent Majority"217
Paco's Story: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Vietnam Veterans221
Platoon: Decline in U.S. Military Performance in Vietnam: Causes and Consequences227
The Quiet American: American Intervention in the French-Vietminh War237
Rambo: First Blood, Part II: The Vietnam War and American Self-Image in the 1980s247
The Real War: American Military Strategy and Its Toll on Vietnam's Land and People254
A Rumor of War: "Americanization" of the War262
Song of Napalm: Vietnam Veteran Poetry268
Sticks and Bones: Postwar Reintegration into Family Networks273
The Things They Carried: The War in Quang Ngai Province279
The 13th Valley: "Humping the Boonies": Vietnam's Terrain and Climate285
"We Gotts Get Out of This Place": Rock and Roll Sound Track to the War291
Winners and Losers: Women Correspondents in Vietnam296
Other Notable Works Concerning the Vietnam War
Films303
Songs306
Literature308
Index313

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