My Lai An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War

ISBN-10: 1421406454
ISBN-13: 9781421406459
Edition: 2012
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Description: On March 16, 1968, American soldiers killed as many as five hundred Vietnamese men, women, and children in a village near the South China Sea. In My Lai William Thomas Allison explores and evaluates the significance of this horrific event. How could  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 7/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

On March 16, 1968, American soldiers killed as many as five hundred Vietnamese men, women, and children in a village near the South China Sea. In My Lai William Thomas Allison explores and evaluates the significance of this horrific event. How could such a thing have happened? Who (or what) should be held accountable? How do we remember this atrocity and try to apply its lessons, if any?My Lai has fixed the attention of Americans of various political stripes for more than forty years. The breadth of writing on the massacre, from news reports to scholarly accounts, highlights the difficulty of establishing fact and motive in an incident during which confusion, prejudice, and self-preservation overwhelmed the troops.Son of a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War—and aware that the generation who lived through the incident is aging—Allison seeks to ensure that our collective memory of this shameful episode does not fade.Well written and accessible, Allison’s book provides a clear narrative of this historic moment and offers suggestions for how to come to terms with its aftermath.

Prologue
Charlie Company and Vietnam
March 16, 1968
Aftermath
Discovery
Trial
Responsibility
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Notes
Suggested Further Reading
Index

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