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"Intense and absorbing... If you buy only one book on the Vietnam War, this is the one you want." -Chicago Tribune Christian G. Appy's monumental oral history of the Vietnam War is the first work to probe the war's path through both the United States and Vietnam. These vivid testimonies of 135 men and women span the entire history of the Vietnam conflict, from its murky origins in the 1940s to the chaotic fall of Saigon in 1975. Sometimes detached and reflective, often raw and emotional, they allow us to see and feel what this war meant to people literally on all sides: Americans and Vietnamese, generals and grunts, policymakers and protesters, guerrillas and CIA operatives, pilots and doctors, artists and journalists, and a variety of ordinary citizens whose lives were swept up in a cataclysm that killed three million people. By turns harrowing, inspiring, and revelatory, Patriots is not a chronicle of facts and figures but a vivid human history of the war. "A gem of a book, as informative and compulsively readable as it is timely." -The Washington Post Book World
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  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 35.56mm | 498.95g
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142004499
  • 9780142004494
  • 517,735

Table of contents

PatriotsPreface


Part One: Introductions


Commanders




Bernard Trainor: It turned out the major of Danang was a double agent


Dang Vu Hiep: With all those choppers they seemed terribly strong


War Heroes
Roger Donlon: We were babes in arms in every way


Tran Thi Gung: I was stuck in a tunnel for seven days


Paying the Price
Ta Quang Thinh: They carried me the whole way back to the North


George Watkins: That sand was probably the only thing that saved me


Phan Xuan Sinh: Ail my ancestors are buried here


Where is Vietnam?
Jo Collins: I just thought I was going to Europe


Deirdre English: How can my country be at war and I don't know about it?


Part Two: Beginnings (1945-64)


History Is Not Made with IFS




Henry Prunier: These were not ragtag farmers


Yo Nguyen Giap: The most atrocious conflict in human history


Deliver Us From Evil
Daniel Redmond: The doctor who won the war in Indochina


Rufus Phillips: Tell 'em I'm not French before they lynch me


Ngo Vinh Long: If they're making maps, they're preparing for war


Kick the Tires and Light the Fires


































































Richard Olsen: It was like 'Terry and the Pirates'


Malcolm Browne: You could smell the burning flech


Le Leiu Browne: There was one coup after another


Paul Hare: My cock lost the fight


The Emporor Has No Clothes
Paul Kattenburg: What's good for Peru is good for Vietnam


Evelyn Colbert: Dissent which contradicted the public optimism was ignored


Chester Cooper: Boy, you speak just like an American


Sergei Khruchchev: The Vietnamese had their own ideas


Paradise Island
John Singlaub: We sent them all back with a generous gift package


Luyen Nguyen: She divorces her second husband and waited for me


Part Three: Escalations


Trails to War




Vu Thi Vinh: The Truong Son jungle gave us life


Nguyen Thi Kim Chuy: We came home hairless with ghostly white eyes


Helen Tennant


Hegelhimer: I was their wife, their sister, their girlfriend


You Want Me to Start World War III?
James Thompson: This was crazy and deceitful policy making


Seth Tillman: We could stop this war tommorrow


Charles Cooper (I): He used the f-word more freely than a marine in boot camp


Walt Whitman Rostow: Take the North Vietnamese of Vinh hostage


Central Highlands
Dennis Deal: Man, if we're up against this, it's gonna be a long-ass year


Ward Just: It approached the vicinity of the spiritual


Le Cao Dai: Sometimes I operated all night while the staff took turns pedaling the bicycle


From Civil Rights to Antiwar
Julian Bond: They said I was guilty of treason and sedition


General Baker Jr.: When the call is made to free the Mississippi Delta...I'll be the first one in line


The Ultimate Protest
Anne Morrison Welsh: It was like an arrow was shot from Norman's heart


Free-Fire Zone
Jim Soular: A goddamn chopper was worth three times more than David


Triage
James Lafferty: No draft board ever failed to meet its quotas


David M. Smith: The knife man


Sylvia Lutz Holland: We saved their lives, but what life?


Chi Nguyen: Being wounded was not considered the worst thing that could happen


Morale Boosters
Bobbie Keith: I got a butterfly right on the butt. So that's my war story


James Brown: After they got the funk they went back and reloaded


Quach Van Phong: An artist ca be as important in war as a soldier


Nancy Smoyer: I can't believe the Donut Dollies got us to do that


Vu Hy Thieu: Nothing was more essential than our sandals


Joe McDonald: I was president of my high school marching band


Air War
Jopnathan Schell: I had my notebook right there in the plane


Harlan S.


Pinkerton Jr.: Good luck and good hunting


Luu Huy Chao: Before I trained as a pilot I had never been in an airplane


Nguyen Quang Sang: That was the first time I ever saw an American


Fred Branfman: What would it be like to hide in a cave all for five years?


Prisoners of War (I)
Porter Halyburton: I don't see how you've got a worse place than this


Troung My Hoa: They tried to make us say, 'Down with President Ho!'


Randy Kehler: Friction against the wheel


Cameras, Books, and Guns
Philip Jones Griffiths (I): Go see what they did to those people with your money


Larry Heinemann: We had this idea that we were king of the fucking hill


Doung Thanh Phong: We didn't need a darkroom


Joan Holden: The counterculture was visible everywhere


Oliver Stone: He lived to kill. He was like a real Arab


Nguyen Duy: Whoever won, the people always lost


Yusef Komunyakaa: Soul Brothers, what you dying for?


H.D.S. Greenway: We would write something ans the magazine would ignore it if it wasn't upbeat


Antiwar Escalations
Todd Gitlin: A rather grandoise sense that we were the stars and spear-carriers of history


Tom Englehardt: It was like Vietnam had somehow come all the way into our living rooms


Vivian Rothstein: What? Meet separately with women?


They Slept At Our House
Paul Warnke: We fought for a separate South Vietnam, but there wasn't any South


Part Four: The Turning Point (1968-70)


Tet




Tran Van Tan: He asked me for directions to the police sensations


Barry Zorthian: Then-boom!-Tet comes along


Philip Jones Griffiths (II): You're not safe in those cities


Nguyen Qui Duc: I was living a double life


Bob Gabriel: We buried our own men right there


Tuan Van Ban: Attack! Attack! Attack!


Memorial Day 1968
Clark Dougan: He Was Only 19-Did You Know Him?


From Johnson to Nixon
John Gilligan: Our only shot was to help Humphrey break away from Johnson


Peter Kuznick: Political conversion was the greatest ahprodisiac


J. Shaeffer: The Palace Guard


Samuel Huntington: You had to be pretty stupid to stay out in the countryside


Douglas Kinnard: While we had the power, it turned out they had the will


A Three-Square-Mile Piece of the United States
Tom O'Hara: It was like being in a minimum-security prison


Familes At War
John Douglas Marshal: You will not be welcome here again


Huynh Phuong Dong: Recieving a letter was a mixed blessing


Richard Houser: They told me I needed to choose between my country and my brother


Nathan Houser: A sign this country has grown up will be when there is a memorial erected to the war resisters


Suzie Scott: This nice young man from the FBI was here


Lam Van Lich: I was away from home for twenty-nine years


My Lai
Larry Colburn: They were butchering people


Michael Bernhardt: The portable fire-free zone


You Look Like a Gook
Vincent Okamoto: Damn, I'm a Gook


Wayne Smith: I was thinking God they didn't have air support


Charley Trujillo: It sure as hell wasn't 'English only' in Vietnam


An Acute Lack of Forgetfulness
Gloria Emerson: Before the war, I was Miss Mary Poppins


Nguyen Ngoc Luong: To get their ID cards, the girls had to go to bed with the police


From Cambodia to Kent State
Anthony Lake: Quitting wasn't heroic


A.J. Langguth: I think they pictured it as a kind of huge bamboo Pentagon


Tom Grace: As much as we hated the war on April 29, we hated it more on April 30


Part Five: Endings (1970-75)


The End of the Tunnel




Alexander M. Haig Jr.: Even the tough guys...caved in


Morton Halerin: Kissenger did not trust anybody fully


Judith Coburn: Vietnamization wasn't working any better than Americanization


We Really Believes...
Beverly Gologorsky: God forbid my boss finds out I'm here


Nguyen Ngoc Bich: Why should my son die for your country?


Chalmers Johnson: The campus was turning into a celebration of Maoism


Steve Sherlock: Steve Sherlock, bronze star with a V.


Watergate
Daniel Ellsberg: We're eating our young


Egil "Bud" Krogh: Let's circle the wagons


The World Was Coming to An End
Frank Maguire: The whole attitude was, stand back little brother, I'll take care of it


Charles Cooper (II): All this area was Indian country


Everybody Thought We'd Won the War
Charles Hill: Reporters just kept writing as if it were Tet


Paris
Daniel Davidson: I wouldn't buy a used car from that man


Nguyen Thi Binh: The longest peace talks in history


Nguyen Khac Huynh: It wasn't a mistake, it was an inexplicable crime


Prisoners of War (II)
Jay Scarborough: I read Anthony Adverse about four times


Tran Ngoc Chau: The curriculum was designed to detoxicate us


John McCain: Americans like conspiracies


Patty and Earl Hopper Sr.: What mushroom do they think we were hatched under last week?


Gloria Coppin: The government wanted to control the POW/MIA movement


Copllapse
Frank Snepp: There was classified confetti all over the trees


Troung Tran: We could either lose or tie, but not win


The Merriment was Short-Lived
Le Minh Khue: The letters remain, but the senders are gone forever


Part Six: Legacies (1975- )


Missing In Action




Tran Van Ban: We saw so many parents crying for their lost children


Tom Corey: Why do you hate the Vietnamese?


War-Zone Childhoods
Tran Luong: I never got there in time to capture an American pilot


Bong Macdoran: It's not worth my energy to lay blame on anybody


Luong Ung: People just disappeared and you didn't say anything


Silences
Toshio Whelchel: i didn't her to worry, so I lied


R. Huynh: Your real self was only for you


Jayne Stancavage: I just want to know what happened


Souvenirs
Hoang Van Thiet: They bought Zippos as a kind of birth certificate


Taps
Leroy V. Quintana: Old geezers...playing taps on a tape recorder


William Westmoreland: I was leading an unpopular war


Thai Dao: The first time I ever encountered the Vietnam War was in Hollywood movies


Tim O'Brien: You can't talk with people you demonize


Huu Ngoc: We no longer hate the Americans


Wayne Karlin: The roof that hasn't been built


Duong Tuong: Because love is stronger than enmity


































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Acknowledgments
Index
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Review quote

Intense and absorbing... If you buy only one book on the Vietnam War, this is the one you want. (Chicago Tribune) A gem of a book, as informative and compulsively readable as it is timely. (The Washington Post Book World)
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About Christian G Appy

Christian G. Appy is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of two previous books on the Vietnam War. His oral history of the war, Patriots, was a main selection of Book of the Month Club and won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. His most recent book is American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. He lives in Amherst.
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