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An Hour That I Can Never Get BAck
January 25, 2017
When I was was asked to review, I was intrigued by the idea of a 1-hour read about the Vietnam war. It did in fact live up to the 1-hour part.
The absolute best and only profound insight provided was "the biggest problems the United States had involved seeing events in Vietnam through a a Cold War lens only, rather than interpreting events and actions they witnessed based on Vietnamese interests and beliefs." BRAVO!!
As has been pointed out in previous reviews, the treatment of pre-U.S. involvement was concise and valuable for understanding.
The discussions of the DRAFT were ludicrous. In fact, this issue was the seminal cause of the protest movement that started much earlier than this author acknowledges.
More time was spent discussing Woodstock than the Tet Offensive. In fact, more time was spent on the counterculture than the War itself! While he did say that a cause of the frustration of the troops was the absence of major engagements to celebrate, in fact there were lots and lots of engagements, involving lots and lots and lots of troops on both sides.
A final point on the the "alternative fact" aspect, is the contention that the Vietnam war "came to destroy most of the [Johnson's] domestic agenda." The facts are something entirely different. SHAME!
A good editor would have solved many of the problems of fact and prevented such gems as " His lies were revealed and confirmed in undeniable terms."
I would really like an explanation of the idea that the "Vietnam Memorial does not acknowledge the impact of the war on Vietnam." Uh no, because that is not its purpose!
A final complaint: often the writer says "books have been written" or some such. Saying this, it would have been nice to provided a Bibliography or at least a list of the books.
I cannot recommend this book to anyone who wants an understanding of the subject. I suppose that is because I cannot get my head around the idea that this subject can be explained in a 1-hour read.
Given the above a 2* rating is the best I can give.