The Barnes & Noble Review War StoriesIf there's one clear lesson the U.S. military learned from Vietnam, it was: Never again. Never again let the media run around the theater of war, reporting whatever they wanted from wherever they wanted. It was a lesson the Pentagon acted on in the Gulf War, severely limiting media access. It was also a lesson hard learned.As was hThe Barnes & Noble ReviewWar StoriesIf there's one clear lesson the U.S. military learned from Vietnam, it was: Never again. Never again let the media run around the theater of war, reporting whatever they wanted from wherever they wanted. It was a lesson the Pentagon acted on in the Gulf War, severely limiting media access. It was also a lesson hard learned.As was happening on college campuses, on concert stages, and at political rallies across the country, journalism underwent a revolution in the '60s and early '70s. Though led by patrician families that were firmly entrenched in the political and cultural elite of the nation, newspapers and magazines were being written by young reporters who came of age with Elvis, the Beatles, and the civil rights movement. All previous generations of journalists had accepted that an American war was a good war. The Vietnam press corps held no such belief.Reporting Vietnam collects the best writing and reportage from the war into two volumes of gripping, painful reading. Part one covers the war from 1959 to 1969 -- from the first American deaths to the bloody battle of Hamburger Hill. Along the way, reporters fan out to uncover the military blunders, the political minefields, and the cultural changes spreading from America to Vietnam: from the Tet Offensive to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, from a violent Christmas in Saigon to Black Power in the U.S. armed forces.Part two, covering 1969 through 1975, begins with My Lai and ends with the fall of Saigon and the evacuation of the U.S. embassy. This was the war at its most chaotic, its mostlawless, its most tragic. Concluding this volume, and summarizing the complete experience of reporting on Vietnam, is Michael Herr's Dispatches, a stunning book-length memoir of his experience of the war.The two volumes compile the works of the best and boldest writers who covered the war: David Halberstam, Russell Baker, Stanley Karnow, Peter Arnett, Walter Cronkite, Wallace Terry, Sydney Schanberg, Neil Sheehan, Gloria Emerson, Philip Caputo, and Michael Herr, to name just some of the more than 80 writers whose work appears in the collection.Reporting Vietnam is a valuable collection of primary-source narratives from reporters in the field. It is also a comprehensive document of the pain America went through in Vietnam. Greg Sewel, barnesandnoble.com...
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Reporting Vietnam, Part Two: American Journalism 1969-1975 Reviews
Much like the first volume this outlines in emotional detail the continued consequences of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.There are significant changes. Corruption at all levels is rampant. U.S. troops are committing atrocities. Many detest the country and the Vietnamese people. Troops are rebelling and not following orders. Racial tensions between white and black troops are escalating. There are incidents of fragging, as when a commanding officer becomes overly zealous on patrol to seek out enemy contact. Troops did not want to engage the enemy – they wanted to go home in one piece. Many troops were using drugs from marijuana to heroin. A long war inevitably corrupts and debases.It was becoming, in many ways, as per the famous quote “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it”. There is a startling portrayal of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan – he is the man in the most infamous war photo of all time.An article on former President Lyndon Johnson is interesting solely because it demonstrates a deluded leader who feels he was always right and never wrong.There are also depictions of the North Vietnamese.Page 253 - 54 (my book) Tien taken prisoner by the South Vietnamese“We walked [on the Ho Chi Minh trail] eleven hours a day and the longer we walked the more bored and morose we became,” Tien said. “There were many things I missed. First, I wanted a real cigarette. Then, I wanted to see my mother, to be close to her. And then, what I really wanted badly was a whole day of rest.”... In his village there were no men who had come back. There were no letters from any of them. Before 1968, men going south had been granted 15-day leaves, but these were cancelled. No family knew, or wondered allowed, who had been wounded or killed.Page 371-72 (of bombing in North Vietnam)The bombs had hit an area about a thousand yards long and five hundred yards wide in the middle of town. According to the local authorities eighteen blast bombs had been dropped, along with four anti-personnel bombs; each of the latter contains 192,500 steel pellets, which are hurled through the air when the bomb explodes.Many of the stories are about troops on the ground – relatively few are from the Washington perspective. There was a tremendous disconnect between grunts (GIs, marines) in the villages, foothills, and rice paddies – to Saigon officials – and then to the U.S. The longest article is “Dispatches” by Michael Herr. It captures the essence and horrors of Vietnam; although I wonder how the drugs the author took permeated his viewpoint. He definitely follows the maxim of Nietzsche “And if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”These two volumes (1959 – 1969 and 1969 – 1975) are indispensible for an understanding of the Vietnam War – and all wars.
This book is an excellent compendium of Vietnam journalism. The editors have been careful to select salient pieces mostly from the American perspective. Civilian life, combat ritual, enemy POWs, war protestors are all covered by various writers (Tom Wolfe, David Halberstam, Hunter Thomspon, etc.) I enjoyed the Kent State piece and the interview with the infamous "bullet-in-the-brain" police director from South Vietnam.
As you would Exocet from a compilation, some if these accounts grab you by the neck while others are flaccid. It does span the history of the US war, though, and for those interested in that, it is very worthwhile.