My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War

My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War

by William Thomas Allison
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My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War by William Thomas Allison

On March 16, 1968, American soldiers killed as many as five hundred Vietnamese men, women, and children in a village near the South China Sea. In My Lai William Thomas Allison explores and evaluates the significance of this horrific event. How could such a thing have happened? Who (or what) should be held accountable? How do we remember this atrocity and try to apply its lessons, if any?

My Lai has fixed the attention of Americans of various political stripes for more than forty years. The breadth of writing on the massacre, from news reports to scholarly accounts, highlights the difficulty of establishing fact and motive in an incident during which confusion, prejudice, and self-preservation overwhelmed the troops.

Son of a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War—and aware that the generation who lived through the incident is aging—Allison seeks to ensure that our collective memory of this shameful episode does not fade.

Well written and accessible, Allison’s book provides a clear narrative of this historic moment and offers suggestions for how to come to terms with its aftermath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421407067
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 07/21/2012
Series: Witness to History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 931,998
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Thomas Allison is a professor of history at Georgia Southern University. He is author of Military Justice in Vietnam: The Rule of Law in an American War.

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My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meandering. Too many dates,names,ranks reafer loses the story of what transpired. Suffered halfway through the book and then gave up.