My Lai: A Brief History with Documents
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My Lai: A Brief History with Documents

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This volume introduces students to the most controversial incident of the Vietnam War - the My Lai massacre when almost 400 Vietnamese civilians were killed in four hours. The authors discuss the ramifications of the cover-up and the ensuing investigations for the American public, policymakers, the anti-War movement and the soldiers involved. They examine the causes of the...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 15th 1998 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1998)
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Laurie D'ghent
The only reason this book did not get 5 stars is because the few pictures that were included had no caption. I looked on the Internet and learned so much more. I was also shocked at how much I found myself disliking Calley, only to discover he was 26. How can someone who has just entered adulthood make such decisions and be held culpable?
Excellent for what it's meant for. Full of information, thought provoking at the very least. I, personally, am partial to fiction, however, so while it's factual and a good source for the history essay I read it for, it's not a book I would sit and read for fun.
Excellent book if a bit lengthy. Students respond to it well and it does a great job at facilitating discussions on My Lai and the broader nature of war and military culture.
A must read for every American who needs a clearer picture about what truly went on in Vietnam.
It's deplorable what they did.
Thorough look at a terrible tragedy.
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