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American reckoning : the Vietnam War and our national identity

Author: Christian G Appy
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy examines the war's realities and myths and its lasting impact on our national self-perception. Drawing on a vast variety of sources that range from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian G Appy
ISBN: 9780670025398 0670025399 9780143128342 0143128345
OCLC Number: 881888124
Description: xix, 396 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Who are we? --
Part I. Why are we in Vietnam? --
Saving Vietnam --
Aggression --
Paper tigers --
Vietnam, inc --
Part II. America at war --
Our boys --
The American way of war --
The war at home --
Part III. What have we become? --
Victim nation --
"The pride is back" --
No more Vietnams --
Who we are.
Responsibility: Christian G. Appy.
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How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy examines the war's realities and myths and its lasting impact on our national self-perception. Drawing on a vast variety of sources that range from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences for both our popular culture and our foreign policy.

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