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Strange Ground: An Oral History Of Americans In Vietnam, 1945-1975
by Harry Maurer
From a covert 1945 OSS mission to enlist the aid of Ho Chi Minh against the Japanese to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon in 1975, this book gathers the narratives of over sixty U.S. citizens—medics, diplomats, clerks, housewives, spies, grunts, and generals—who lived, worked, and fought in Southeast Asia during America's thirty-year involvement in Vietnam. The result is a ...more
Paperback, 652 pages
Published March 22nd 1998 by Da Capo Press
(first published January 1st 1989)
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This was really engaging and felt like a pretty personal look at the Vietnam conflict. It's sorted by all of these different perspectives-grunts, generals, medics, intelligence, antiwar protestors, NGOs, embassy wives,etc.- and then arranged chronologically so you end up with a pretty solid look at tactics and bureaucracy that drove the war machine, along with how that personally affected the people who were over there. It feels balanced in terms of perspective on whether we were doing the right ...more