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To bear any burden : the Vietnam War and its aftermath in the words of Americans and Southeast Asians

Author: Al Santoli
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The forty-eight American and Asian witnesses who recount their stories in this book are survivors of a great cataclysm, the Vietnam War. The veterans, refugees, and officials who speak here come from widely divergent backgrounds yet combine to narrate a synchronous chronicle, a human-scale history of the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Reading their narratives, we hear them reliving crucial moments in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Personal narratives, Vietnamese
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Santoli, Al, 1949-
To bear any burden.
New York : Dutton, ©1985
(OCoLC)654822665
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Al Santoli
ISBN: 0525243275 9780525243274
OCLC Number: 11550472
Description: xxii, 367 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I. April 1975: --
City of phantoms --
The river --
The victory parade --
Giai Phong (Liberation). II. Democrats and Revolutionaries, 1954-1963: --
Land of the open fly --
The White House mission --
Revolution --
The nationalist forces --
Land reform --
The Geneva Conference --
The New Republic --
Pacification --
The seeds of war --
The underground school --
The barefoot dancer --
invitation to a sideshow --
The scrabble game --
The third force --
The Ho Chi Minh Trail --
The National Liberation Front --
The Chinese priest --
The forest of pencils --
The cyclops --
POW --
The short tour. III. War without glory: --
Kennedy's soldiers --
The gathering storm --
What is beautiful --
Self-deception --
The cherry --
Care packages --
Leatherneck square --
Rules of engagement --
Soldier of the revolution --
Project Delta --
Counterterror --
The deserted village --
The shadow --
The release --
Psychological warfare --
Rings of steel --
The duck pond --
The cease-fire --
Tactical victory, strategic defeat --
Grasping straws --
The TET photo --
Player dramatic teams --
Ticket-punching --
Body count --
Maharajas --
In our own image --
Rice --
Village development --
Peace poems --
Vietnamization --
The Paris Agreement --
The clairvoyant --
Trust --
Reparations --
The fall of Saigon. IV. No war, no peace: --
Pilots in pajamas --
Holocaust --
The coalition government --
Seminar camp --
Prisoners of conscience --
The stubborn guy --
Juges et condamnes --
The concert --
The discipline house --
The vigil --
New economic zone --
Winners and losers --
Promises --
Tigers --
New socialist man --
Vietnamization of Cambodia. V. Values: --
The picinc --
The Women's Center --
America --
The doctor from Honduras --
MIAs --
Acceptable level of casualty --
The monument --
Horatio at the bridge --
The twilight zone --
The dream --
Full circle.
Responsibility: Al Santoli.

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The forty-eight American and Asian witnesses who recount their stories in this book are survivors of a great cataclysm, the Vietnam War. The veterans, refugees, and officials who speak here come from widely divergent backgrounds yet combine to narrate a synchronous chronicle, a human-scale history of the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Reading their narratives, we hear them reliving crucial moments in the preparation, execution, and aftermath of war. We hear POW Dan Pitzer learning of the American buildup from his bamboo cage; Viet Cong operative Nguyen Tuong Lai describing a terrorist run into Saigon; Cambodian teacher Kassie Neou charming his executioners with fairy tales learned from the BBC. Their experiences in extreme circumstances of war, revolution, and imprisonment provide an epic drama of heroism in the midst of tragedy. This book gives not only riveting eyewitness accounts of the war, but reclaims from this tragic continuum larger patterns of courage and dedication. -- from Book Jacket.

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