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Waiting for an army to die : the tragedy of Agent Orange

Author: Fred A Wilcox
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd ed., 1st Seven Stories Press edView all editions and formats
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"I died in Vietnam, but I didn't even know it," said a young Vietnam vet on the Today Show one morning in 1978, shocking viewers across the country. Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange'the first book ever written on the effects of Agent Orange'tells this young vet's story and that of hundreds of thousands of other former American servicemen. During the war, the US sprayed an estimated 12 million  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wilcox, Fred.
Waiting for an army to die.
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2011
(DLC) 2011023266
(OCoLC)693809380
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fred A Wilcox
ISBN: 9781609803391 1609803396 1299576591 9781299576599
OCLC Number: 794846533
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Ketchup and water --
The doomed platoon --
Seals and river rats --
A maimed generation --
Dying down under --
Stonewall --
When you can't sue the government that kills you --
Casualty report --
Humans, rats, and lesser beings --
The Vietnamization of America --
Vietnam veterans are America's future --
Appendix.
Other Titles: Tragedy of Agent Orange
Responsibility: Fred A. Wilcox.

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"I died in Vietnam, but I didn't even know it," said a young Vietnam vet on the Today Show one morning in 1978, shocking viewers across the country. Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange'the first book ever written on the effects of Agent Orange'tells this young vet's story and that of hundreds of thousands of other former American servicemen. During the war, the US sprayed an estimated 12 million gallons of Agent Orange on Vietnam, in order to defoliate close to 5 million acres of its land. "Had anyone predicted that millions of human beings exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin would get sick and die," scholar Fred A. Wilcox writes in the new introduction to his seminal book, "their warnings would have been dismissed as sci-fi fantasy or apocalyptic nonsense." Told in a gripping and compassionate narrative style that travels from the war in Vietnam to the war at home, and through portraits of many of the affected survivors, their families, and the doctors and scientists whose clinical experience and research gave the lie to the government whitewash, Waiting for an Army to Die tells a story that, thirty years later, continues to create new twists and turns for Americans still waiting for justice and an honest account of what happened to them. Vietnam has chosen August 10'the day that the US began spraying Agent Orange on Vietnam'as Agent Orange Day, to commemorate all its citizens who were affected by the deadly chemical. The new second edition of Waiting for an Army to Die will be released upon the third anniversary of this day, in honor of all those whose families have suffered, and continue to suffer, from this tragedy.

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