Kill Anything That Moves

Kill Anything That Moves

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By (author) Nick Turse

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  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 32mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1250045061
  • ISBN 13: 9781250045065
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: includes two 8-page black & white photograph sections
  • Sales rank: 91,345

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Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by just a few "bad apples." But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese non-combatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to "kill anything that moves." Drawing on more than a decade of research into secret Pentagon archives and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time the workings of a military machine that resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded - what one soldier called "a My Lai a month." Devastating and definitive, Kill Anything That Moves finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts America to this day.

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Nick Turse is the author of "The Complex," the managing editor for TomDispatch.com, and a fellow at the Nation Institute. His work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," the "San Francisco Chronicle," and "The Nation," among other publications. Turse's investigations of American war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives near New York City.

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"New York Times" BestsellerWith a New Afterword "An indispensable, paradigm-shifting new history of the war...All these decades later, Americans still haven't drawn the right lesson from Vietnam."--"San Francisco Chronicle ""A searing and meticulously documented book...A damning account of the horrors the United States inflicted on civilians."--"Financial Times""Harrowing.""--The New York Review of Books""A powerful case...With his urgent but highly readable style, Turse delves into the secret history of U.S.-led atrocities. He has brought to his book an impressive trove of new research--archives explored and eyewitnesses interviewed in the United States and Vietnam. With superb narrative skill, he spotlights a troubling question: Why, with all the evidence collected by the military at the time of the war, were atrocities not prosecuted?"--"Washington Post" "There have been many memorable accounts of the terrible things done in Vietnam--memoirs, histories, documentaries, and movies. But Nick Turse has given us a fresh holistic work that stands alone for its blending of history and journalism, for the integrity of research brought to life through the diligence of first-person interviews....Here is a powerful message for us today--a reminder of what war really costs."--Bill Moyers, "Moyers & Company ""In "Kill Anything That Moves," Nick Turse has for the first time put together a comprehensive picture, written with mastery and dignity, of what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam. The findings disclose an almost unspeakable truth....Like a tightening net, the web of stories and reports drawn from myriad sources coalesces into a convincing, inescapable portrait of this war--a portrait that, as an American, you do not wish to see; that, having seen, you wish you could forget, but that you should not forget."--Jonathan Schell, "The Nation""""A masterpiece... Kill Anything That Moves is not only one of t