Vietnam Experience

Vietnam Experience

by Kevin Hillstrom, Laurie Collier Hillstrom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313301832

ISBN-13: 9780313301834

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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

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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?)

Table of Contents

Advisory Board

Preface

After Our War: Conscientious Objectors and Other Draft Resisters

Apocalypse Now: The Vietnam War as Hallucinatory Experience

Armies of the Night: The March on the Pentagon

"Ballad of the Green Berets": U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam

The Best and the Brightest: Policymakers of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations

Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans: African-Americans and Vietnam

"Born in the U.S.A.": Returning Home from the War

Born on the Fourth of July: Disabled Veterans in America

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam: Military Advisor John Vann and His Experiences in Vietnam

Casualties of War: Atrocities in Vietnam

Coming Home: Antiwar Vietnam Veterans

The Deer Hunter: The Fall of Saigon

Dispatches: Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive

Fields of Fire: GI View of the Antiwar Movement

Fire in the Lake: Impact of the War on Vietnamese Society

"Fortunate Son": Vietnam as a Working-Class War

Friendly Fire: "Friendly Fire" Casualties and Stateside Grief

Full Metal Jacket: Lessons of Basic Training

Go Tell the Spartans: U.S. Advisory Effort in Vietnam

Going After Cacciato: Desertion during the Vietnam War

The Green Berets: U.S. Media Coverage of the War

The Hanoi Hilton: American POWs

Hearts and Minds: American Apathy after the U.S. Withdrawal

Home Before Morning: American Nurses in Vietnam

In Country: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

In Pharaoh's Army: "Survivor's Guilt"

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam: Robert McNamara and the War

The Killing Fields: The Khmer Rouge Takeover of Cambodia

"Masters of War": The Military-Industrial Complex

Meditations in Green: Drug Abuse in Vietnam

"Ohio": The Kent State Shootings

"Okie from Muskogee": Anthems of the "Silent Majority"

Paco's Story: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Vietnam Veterans

Platoon: Decline in U.S. Military Performance in Vietnam: Causes and Consequences

The Quiet American: American Intervention in the French-Viet Minh War

Rambo: First Blood, Part II: The Vietnam War and American Self-Image in the 1980s

The Real War: American Military Strategy and Its Toll on Vietnam's Land and People

A Rumor of War: "Americanization" of the War

Song of Napalm: Vietnam Veteran Poetry

Sticks and Bones: Postwar Reintegration into Family Networks

The Things They Carried: The War in Quang Ngai Province

The 13th Valley: "Humping the Boonies": Vietnam's Terrain and Climate

"We Gotta Get Out of This Place": Rock and Roll Soundtrack to the War

Winners and Losers: Women Correspondents in Vietnam

Other Notable Works About the Vietnam War: Fictional Films, Documentary Films, Songs, Fiction, Nonfiction (Memoirs and Oral Narratives), Poetry, Plays

Index

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