By Christian G. Appy

The significantly acclaimed writer of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s position in America’s self-image.

How did the Vietnam warfare swap the way in which we predict of ourselves as a humans and a kingdom? Christian G. Appy, writer of the commonly praised oral historical past of the Vietnam conflict Patriots, now examines the connection among the war’s realities and myths and its effect on our nationwide identification, moral sense, satisfaction, disgrace, pop culture, and postwar international policy.

Drawing on an unlimited number of assets from video clips, songs, and novels to legitimate files, media assurance, and modern observation, Appy bargains an unique interpretation of the warfare and its far-reaching effects. Authoritative, insightful, occasionally astonishing, and debatable, American Reckoning is an interesting mixture of political and cultural reporting that provides a totally clean account of the which means of the Vietnam War.

“Few humans comprehend the centrality of the Vietnam battle to our scenario up to Christian Appy."
— Ken Burns

Show description

Read or Download American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity PDF

Similar war books

Soldiers Made Me Look Good: A Life in the Shadow of War

On account that retiring from the defense force, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie has no longer stayed out of the highlight yet maintains to talk his brain. during this straight-talking memoir, he lines his post-military profession as a global commentator on army affairs, a specialist to the Irish govt and a federal political candidate.

Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits: How Masters of Irregular Warfare Have Shaped Our World

From the small bands of desert warriors who battled in 18th-century North the USA to the "Chechen Lion," and the modern clash in Chechnya, John Arquilla chronicles the lethal careers of the best masters of abnormal battle during the last 250 years. Their effect on occasions has been profound, with irregulars taking part in an important roles in such epochal struggles because the Anglo-French duel for North the United States, the defeat of Napoleon in Spain and Russia, the yankee Civil warfare, either global wars, and the present period of terrorism.

Monte Cassino (Legion of the Damned, Book 6)

It's transparent why Sven Hassell's books have offered thousands. From a no-holds barred description of frontline wrestle to bills of partisan assaults and adventures in Rome on go away, his international conflict II tale is a vintage. the following, Sven and his comrades who've survived the lethal battling at the Russian entrance are published to Italy, the place the armies are locked in conflict round the historic hilltop of Monte Cassino.

Shiloh 1862: The Death of Innocence (Campaign, Volume 54)

The 1st significant conflict within the Western theatre of the yankee Civil struggle (1861-1865), Shiloh got here as a scary surprise to either the yankee public and people in palms. For the 1st time they'd a few suggestion of the bad expense that might be paid for the protection of the Union. On 6 April 1862 basic Albert Sidney Johnston stuck furnish and Sherman abruptly and intensely approximately drove them into the River Tennessee, yet was once mortally wounded within the strategy.

Additional info for American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

Sample text

In Howe's own words, the Grenadiers and 33rd Regiment "pursued numbers of the rebels ... so close to their principal redoubt, and with such eagerness to attack it by storm, that it required repeated orders to prevail upon them to desist.... " Howe's reasons for insisting on halting his men have been long debated. " Had the lines at Brooklyn been breached there would have been no alternative for the Americans but to surrender entirely, giving the British complete control of Long Island and removing around 9,000 rebel soldiers, including Washington, from the Continental Army.

Colonel John Haslet's Delawares were an imposing sight in their smart uniforms, adding a much needed dash of professionalism to Washington's army and also standing up extremely well to the rigors of battle. Their commanding officer was killed at Princeton. (Domenick D'Andrea) The Americans had lost two or three dead officers, including LieutenantColonel Caleb Parry, a personal friend of Atlee's, and a small but undetermined number of men. The situation now developed into a stand-off. A two-gun battery under Captain Benajah Carpenter had arrived to support Stirling's line and Grant contented himself with an artillery duel that he pursued with a little too much enthusiasm-he ran through his entire day's supply of ammunition and had to send for more.

As numbers grew on both sides Washington was able to commit more troops to Long Island, which would be a very difficult place to evacuate if the British got the upper hand. Howe's delays therefore served mainly to bring a larger number of rebel soldiers within his reach. Washington was in an agony of indecision, unsure of where the first blow would land. Howe might bypass Long Island totally and land on Manhattan; he might also go still further and pen the entire Main Army in by seizing Kingsbridge and Freebridge, the two land routes off Manhattan.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.42 of 5 – based on 16 votes