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The Vietnam War on Trial: The My Lai Massacre and Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

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The military trial of William Calley for his role in the slaughter of five hundred or more Vietnamese civilians at My Lai shocked a nation already sharply divided over a controversial war. In this superb retelling of the My Lai story through the prism of the law, Michal Belknap provides new perspectives and keen insights into core issues about the war that still divide Ame ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 2nd 2013 by University Press of Kansas (first published 2002)
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Sep 02, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
The Massacre in My Lai and the trial of Lieutenant William Calley shocked the nation. The war in Vietnam was gaining unpopularity and the the Nixon Administration down played the horrific atrocity of the incident while officers in Vietnam tried to cover it up.

Vietnam veteran Ron Ridenhour's investigation blows this case wide open with startling information of the full extent of the My Lai tragedy. Calley, ordered his men to execute every man, women and child in the village of My Lai based upon
Oct 10, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it
I read this for a history class as an undergrad. I really thought I would hate it and be to bored to get through the whole thing, but it was actually pretty decent. I am not a military buff or anything and it was written well enough to keep me interested.
May 09, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing
A great account of the trial of Lt. Rusty Calley for the massacre of My Lai (4) during the Vietnam War. This book offers clear insight into the events of the massacre, the cover-up by officers in the Americal division, the trial of Lt. Calley, and the public reaction to Calley's conviction. Belknap makes it well known that he doesn't agree with the public's lionization of Calley ("He was doing his duty there" they were saying), yet he doesn't let his bias tilt the balance of the story to one sid ...more
May 21, 2010 Aiesha rated it liked it
Narrative parts were engrossing but I could certainly have done without all the legal detail beyond the actual trial. Information overload. Otherwise a fascinating review of the incidents at My Lai.
Apr 02, 2008 John rated it liked it
I have doubts about a few of its facts on the overall war, but it has interesting facts on Calley and My Lai.
Jun 30, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
I found it to be very disturbing what happended in My Lai and how the higher up's tried to cover it up.
Mar 03, 2013 Lira rated it liked it
A good and complete recount of the Calley trials, if not a little repetitive.
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Michal Belknap is the Earl Warren Professor of Law at the California Western School of Law. After earning his Bachelor of Arts, he studied American Legal History at the University of Wisconsin. While teaching history at the University of Texas, he earned his Juris Doctor at its law school. Before joining the California Western faculty in 1986, Belknap also taught history at the University of Georg ...more
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