What Should We Tell Our Children about Vietnam?

What Should We Tell Our Children about Vietnam?

by Bill McCloud


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"What should we tell our children about Vietnam?" That was the question facing junior high school teacher and Vietnam veteran Bill McCloud as he prepared to teach his students about the war. To find the answers, he went straight to the people who were involved in the war: soldiers, politicians, military officers, POWs, nurses, refugees, writers, and parents of soldiers who died in the war. He sent them handwritten letters, and responses poured in from all over the country. A collection of these responses, this book represents a unique and heartening outpouring of national conscience, hindsight, reflection, sorrow, and wisdom.

Respondents included here are: George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Geraldine A Ferraro, Allen Ginsburg, Barry Goldwater, Tom Hayden, Henry Kissinger, Timothy Leary, Robert S. McNamara, George S. Patton, Oliver Stone, Gary Trudeau, Kurt Vonnegut, and Caspar W. Weinberger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806132402
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Pages: 155
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

In 1967, Bill McCloud dropped out of his freshman year of college to join the army. He served in Vietnam as fight operations coordinator for the 147th Assault Support Helicopter Company from March, 1968, through March, 1969. When he returned home to Oklahoma, he earned a degree in social studies education and a master's degree in education. For fourteen years he has taught at Pryor Junior High School, in Pryor, Oklahoma, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

What Should We Tell Our Children About Vietnam?
Michael Arlen
Richard Armitage
Heidi (Bud) Atanian
Al Auster
D. B.
Howard Bale
Robert E. Barrett
William T. Bennett
D. M. Boulay
M. Chuck Bowman
Charles L. Boyer
Peter Braestrup
Rodger M. Brodin
Malcolm W. Browne
Frances Shea Buckley
McGeorge Bundy
George Bush
Richard Cameron
Philip Caputo
Jimmy Carter
Clark Clifford
William Colby
Horace Coleman
Harvey Cox
Mike Dafoe
Phillip Davidson, Jr.
Chuck Dean
John Gunther Dean
David Dellinger
Vu Doan
Sharon Dodd
Robert F. Drinan
Richard Dudman
Ted Engelmann
Dante B. Fascell
Irene Faught
Geraldine A. Ferraro
Jack Foisie
Robert Ford
J. William Fulbright
Jere Fullerton, Sr.
Allen Ginsberg
Arthur J. Goldberg
Barry Goldwater
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
Joe Haldeman
Daniel C. Hallin
Morton Halperin
Tom Hayden
Larry Heinemann
George Herring
John Hersey
Seymour Hersh
Richard Holbrooke
P. Evangeline Jamison
Darrell Johnson
Marvin Kalb
Peter Kann
Ken Kesey
William Kimball
Grayson Kirk
Henry Kissinger
John Stephen Knight, Jr.
Dennis Koehn
Melvin R. Laird
Timothy Leary
Marc Leepson
G. Gordon Liddy
Don McBride
John McCain
Paul McCloskey, Jr.
Country Joe McDonald
Craig MacIntosh
Robert S. McNamara
Harry McPherson
Myra MacPherson
Ben Maddalena
Thomas H. Moorer
John D. Negroponte
Donald Oberdorfer, Jr.
Lawrence F. O'Brien
Tim O'Brien
Charlton Ogburn, Jr.
George S. Patton
Tom Paxton
Jeff Perez
Ed Perkins
John Clark Pratt
Nicholas Proffitt
Thomas R. Pullen
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pulliam
Allen Repp
Elliot L. Richardson
William P. Rogers
Lionel Rosenblatt
Dean Rusk
Pierre Salinger
Harrison Salisbury
Neta Sanders
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
R. L. Schreadley
Pete Seeger
Paul Shannon
Evelyn Sloat
Lillian M. Snyder
Theodore Sorensen
Shelby L. Stanton
Jerold Starr
James Stockdale
Oliver Stone
Mary Stout
Harry G. Summers, Jr.
Sherry Svoboda
Howard N. Tanner
Telford Taylor
Garry Trudeau
William Tuohy
Kurt Vonnegut
John Waghelstein
Frank Walker
Paul C. Warnke
James H. Webb, Jr.
Caspar W. Weinberger
Spencer Welch
William C. Westmoreland
Robert Wilson
Ronald L. Ziegler
E. R. Zumwalt, Jr.
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