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An innovative treatment of key episodes of the Vietnam War clarifies the relationships among history, literature, and film.

Mark Taylor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the Vietnam War a popular but complex subject that has been variously discussed by historians, filmmakers, and novelists. After outlining the chronology of events during the Vietnam War, Taylor examines five crucial events including the My Lai Massacre, the siege at Khe Sanh, and the homecoming of veterans to explore how "truth" is told in the various tellings. Texts and films examined include The Green Berets, JFK, John Newman's JFK and Vietnam, Dispatches, The Peers Report, The Deerhunter, In the Lake of the Woods, and the Rambo films.

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"The organization of this book is original; the approach is interdisciplinary. It is well researched, well written, theoretically current, but without a whiff of jargon."--Philip D. Beidler, author of American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817351182
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Taylor is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hull.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Map of South-east Asia
Timeline
Introduction: Understanding America's War in Vietnam 1
1 Telling True War Stories 10
2 Heroes 33
3 Cinematic History: The Case of JFK 58
4 Battles 84
5 Villains 104
6 Veterans 131
Conclusion: Telling Differences 148
A Guide to Further Reading 151
Glossary 154
Index 155
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