Four hours in My Lai

a war crime and its aftermath

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Author: Michael Bilton,Kevin Sim

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 430

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My Lai Massacre

Colin Powell, Ernest Medina, Four Hours in My Lai, Glenn Andreotta, Hugh Thompson, Jr. , Lawrence Colburn, Lawrence Rockwood, Ronald L

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Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230526492

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Page: 38

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 32. Chapters: Colin Powell, Ernest Medina, Four Hours in My Lai, Glenn Andreotta, Hugh Thompson, Jr., Lawrence Colburn, Lawrence Rockwood, Ronald L. Haeberle, Ronald Ridenhour, Samuel W. Koster, Seymour Hersh, The Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley, Varnado Simpson, William Calley.

The My Lai Massacre in American History and Memory

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Author: Kendrick Oliver

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719068911

Category: History

Page: 300

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On 16 March 1968, two US infantry companies entered a Vietnamese village and in the course of a single morning killed over 400 of its unarmed, unresisting inhabitants . . . This is the first book to examine the response of American society to the My Lai massacre and its ambiguous place in American national memory. Kendrick Oliver argues that the massacre revelations left many Americans untroubled. It was only when the soldiers most immediately responsible came to be tried that opposition to the conflict grew, for these prosecutions were regarded by supporters of the war as evidence that the national leaders no longer had the will to do what was necessary to win. Oliver goes on to show that, contrary to interpretations of the Vietnam conflict as an unhealed national trauma or wound, many Americans have assimilated the war and its violence rather too well, and they were able to do so even when that violence was most conspicuous and current. US soldiers have been presented as the conflict's principal victims, and this was true even in the case of My Lai. It was the American perpetrators of the massacre and not the Vietnamese they brutalized who became the central object of popular concern. Both the massacre and its reception reveal the problem of human empathy in conditions of a counter-revolutionary war - a war, moreover, that had always been fought for geopolitical credibility, not for the sake of the Vietnamese. This incisive enquiry into the moral history of the Vietnam war should be essential reading for all students of the conflict, as well as others interested in the war and its cultural legacies.

My Lai

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Author: Howard Jones

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195393600

Category: History

Page: 256

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During the summer of 1971, in the midst of protests and demonstrations in the United States against the Vietnam War, it became evident that something horrific had happened in the remote South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. Three years previously, in March 1968, a unit of American soldiersengaged in seemingly indiscriminate violence against unarmed civilians, killing over 500 people, including women and children. News filtered slowly through the system, but was initially suppressed, dismissed or downplayed by military authorities. By late 1969, however journalists had pursued therumors, when New York Times reporter Seymour Hirsch published an expose on the massacre, the story became a national outrage. Howard Jones places the events of My Lai and the aftermath in a wider historical context. As a result of the reporting of Hirsch and others, the U.S. army conducted a special inquiry, which charged Lieutenant William Calley and nearly 30 other officers with war crimes. A court martial followed, butafter four months Calley alone was found guilty of premeditated murder. He served four and a half months in prison before President Nixon pardoned him and ordered his release. Jones' compelling narrative details the events in Vietnam, as well as the mixed public response to Calley's sentence and to his defense that he had merely been following orders. Jones shows how pivotal the My Lai massacre was in galvanizing opposition to the Vietnam War, playing a part nearly assignificant as that of the Tet Offensive and the Cambodian bombing. For many, it undermined any pretense of American moral superiority, calling into question not only the conduct of the war but the justification for U.S. involvement. Jones also reveals how the effects of My Lai were felt within the American military itself, forcing authorities to focus on failures within the chain of command and to review training methods as well as to confront the issue of civilian casualties - what, in later years, came to be known as"collateral damage." A trenchant and sober reassessment, My Lai delves into questions raised by the massacre that have never been properly answered: questions about America's leaders in the field and in Washington; the seeming breakdown of the U.S. army in Vietnam; the cover-up and ultimate public exposure; and thetrial itself, which drew comparisons to Nuremberg. Based on extensive archival research, this is the best account to date of one of the defining moments of the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War in American Memory

Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing

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Author: Patrick Hagopian

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558496934

Category: History

Page: 553

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"A study of American attempts to come to terms with the legacy of the Vietnam War, this book highlights the central role played by Vietnam veterans in shaping public memory of the war. Tracing the evolution of the image of the Vietnam veteran from alienated dissenter to traumatized victim to noble warrior, Patrick Hagopian describes how efforts to commemorate the war increasingly downplayed the political divisions it spawned in favor of a more unifying emphasis on honoring veterans and promoting national 'healing.' Veterans themselves contributed to this process by mobilizing in the early 1980s to create a national memorial dedicated to all Americans who fought and died in Southeast Asia. At the same time, President Ronald Reagan, after failing to convince the public that the war was a 'noble cause, ' seized upon the idea of 'healing' as a way of reaffirming the value of military service and, by extension, countering the effects of the so-called Vietnam syndrome - the widespread fear that any assertive foreign policy initiative might result in 'another Vietnam.' It was with this aim in view, Hagopian reveals, that the Reagan administration worked quietly behind the scenes to ensure that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial would be completed, despite strong conservative opposition to Maya Lin's bold design"--Jacket.

My Lai

An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War

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Author: William Thomas Allison

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 142140706X

Category: History

Page: 184

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On March 16, 1968, American soldiers killed as many as five hundred Vietnamese men, women, and children in a village near the South China Sea. In My Lai William Thomas Allison explores and evaluates the significance of this horrific event. How could such a thing have happened? Who (or what) should be held accountable? How do we remember this atrocity and try to apply its lessons, if any? My Lai has fixed the attention of Americans of various political stripes for more than forty years. The breadth of writing on the massacre, from news reports to scholarly accounts, highlights the difficulty of establishing fact and motive in an incident during which confusion, prejudice, and self-preservation overwhelmed the troops. Son of a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War—and aware that the generation who lived through the incident is aging—Allison seeks to ensure that our collective memory of this shameful episode does not fade. Well written and accessible, Allison’s book provides a clear narrative of this historic moment and offers suggestions for how to come to terms with its aftermath. -- Kevin Braam

My Lai

A Brief History with Documents

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Author: NA NA

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137086254

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 222

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This volume introduces students to the most controversial incident of the Vietnam War - the My Lai massacre when almost 400 Vietnamese civilians were killed in four hours. The authors discuss the ramifications of the cover-up and the ensuing investigations for the American public, policymakers, the anti-War movement and the soldiers involved. They examine the causes of the massacre and the issues of culpability and human rights. The narrative is built around 70 primary documents drawn mainly from testimony and reports from the government enquiry into the outrage.

Krieg ohne Fronten

Die USA in Vietnam

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Author: Bernd Greiner

Publisher: Hamburger Edition HIS

ISBN: 3868545840

Category: History

Page: 596

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Es war ein Krieg, der mit einer Lüge begann und mittels fortgesetzter Lügen in die Länge gezogen wurde; er war weder aus der Luft noch am Boden zu gewinnen, egal, wie viele zusätzliche Truppen ins Feld geschickt wurden; er war von Kriegsgräueln und Kriegsverbrechen, von Folter, Gefangenenmord und Massakern gekennzeichnet, ging mit einer faktischen Aufhebung des internationalen Kriegsrechts einher und wurde trotz des Wissens um die Unerreichbarkeit seiner Ziele Jahr um Jahr fortgesetzt. Die Rede ist vom Vietnamkrieg der Jahre 1965 bis 1975, der in der historischen Rückschau wie ein "Schwellenkrieg" zwischen dem 20. und 21. Jahrhundert erscheint. Gestützt auf bisher unbekannte Quellen aus amerikanischen Archiven, rekonstruiert Bernd Greiner die Geschichte des längsten und gewalttätigsten Krieges nach 1945. Dabei wird deutlich, warum ein Krieg ohne Fronten im Desaster enden musste und weshalb dennoch zehn Jahre vergingen, ehe eine im Grundsatz verfehlte Politik korrigiert werden konnte - und welche Erbschaft aus dieser Zeit bis heute nachwirkt.

Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

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Author: Nick Turse

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 0805095470

Category: History

Page: 384

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Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by "a few bad apples." But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to "kill anything that moves." Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Kill Anything That Moves takes us from archives filled with Washington's long-suppressed war crime investigations to the rural Vietnamese hamlets that bore the brunt of the war; from boot camps where young American soldiers learned to hate all Vietnamese to bloodthirsty campaigns like Operation Speedy Express, in which a general obsessed with body counts led soldiers to commit what one participant called "a My Lai a month." Thousands of Vietnam books later, Kill Anything That Moves, devastating and definitive, finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts Americans to this day.

The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War

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Author: David L. Anderson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231507380

Category: History

Page: 352

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More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated as ever. Why did successive administrations choose little-known Vietnam as the "test case" of American commitment in the fight against communism? Why were the "best and brightest" apparently blind to the illegitimacy of the state of South Vietnam? Would Kennedy have pulled out had he lived? And what lessons regarding American foreign policy emerged from the war? The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War helps readers understand this tragic and complex conflict. The book contains both interpretive information and a wealth of facts in easy-to-find form. Part I provides a lucid narrative overview of contested issues and interpretations in Vietnam scholarship. Part II is a mini-encyclopedia with descriptions and analysis of individuals, events, groups, and military operations. Arranged alphabetically, this section enables readers to look up isolated facts and specialized terms. Part III is a chronology of key events. Part IV is an annotated guide to resources, including films, documentaries, CD-ROMs, and reliable Web sites. Part V contains excerpts from historical documents and statistical data.

Vietnam Awakening

My Journey from Combat to the Citizens' Commission of Inquiry on U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam

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Author: Michael Uhl

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786430745

Category: History

Page: 263

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"In this vividly honest memoir, Uhl details his experiences in Vietnam as first lieutenant of a counterintelligence team attached to the 11th Infantry. He relives the shocking events witnessed during his enlistment, including the abuse and torture of Viet

Racial Stigma on the Hollywood Screen from World War II to the Present

The Orientalist Buddy Film

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Author: Brian Locke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230101674

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Racial Stigma on the Hollywood Screen from WWII to the Present charts how the dominant white and black binary of American racial discourse influences Hollywood s representation of the Asian. The Orientalist buddy film draws a scenario in which two buddies, one white and one black, transcend an initial hatred for one another by joining forces against a foreign Asian menace. Alongside an analysis of multiple genres of film, Brian Locke argues that this triangulated rendering of race ameliorates the longstanding historical contradiction between U.S. democratic ideals and white America s persistent domination over blacks.

Obamas Kriege

Zerreißprobe einer Präsidentschaft

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Author: Bob Woodward

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641090733

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

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BARACK OBAMA - Hoffnung, Aufbruch, Krisen, Alltag – Zeit für eine Zwischenbilanz Barack Obama begann seine Präsidentschaft als neuer Superstar der internationalen Politik, ersehnt von Menschen auf der ganzen Welt als Hoffnungsträger und Heilsbringer. Inzwischen ist er auf dem Boden der mühsamen Tagespolitik angekommen, bedrängt von ungelösten Konflikten in Nahost und Afghanistan und Krisen im eigenen Land. Wird er den Vorschusslorbeeren noch gerecht? Journalistenlegende Bob Woodward schafft es wie kein Zweiter in Washington, sich Zugang zu den brisanten Geheimnissen der Regierenden zu verschaffen. In seinem neuen Buch gibt er erstmals einen tiefen Einblick in die Arbeit des US-Präsidenten jenseits der offiziellen Kommunikation des Weißen Hauses. Schon bald muss sich Obama wieder dem Wahlkampf stellen, da kommt Woodwards spannend erzählte Zwischenbilanz, die vor allem auch den Außenpolitiker Obama in den Blick nimmt, zur rechten Zeit. • Das neue Buch des weltweit bekannten Bestsellerautors • Der erste Blick hinter die Kulissen der Obama-Regierung

Crazy Rich Asians

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Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036994092

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Als Rachel ihren Partner Nick zu einer Hochzeit in dessen Heimatstadt Singapur begleitet, ahnt sie nicht, was sie dort erwartet. Nick, so stellt sie plötzlich fest, stammt aus einer der reichsten Familien Asiens. Konfrontiert mit schrägen Verwandten, listigen Nebenbuhlerinnen und einem Lebensstil, den man eher Königen zuschreiben würde, stellt sich bald die Frage, wie rein Liebe in einer Welt des Glamours und des grenzenlosen Reichtums sein kann. Crazy Rich Asians wurde zu einem weltweiten Hype, stand in den USA monatelang in den Top Ten der New York TimesBestsellerliste und wurde als Crazy Rich erfolgreich fürs Kino verfilmt. Eine unterhaltsame Liebesgeschichte vor einem einzigartigen Hintergrund! »Diese 48-Karat-Strandlektüre macht verrückt viel Spaß.« Entertainment Weekly »Voyeurismus der ausgelassensten Sorte: ein Blick in die sonst hermetisch abgeriegelte Welt der asiatischen Superreichen.« Süddeutsche Zeitung »Die Blockbuster-Strandlektüre dieses Sommers.« The Guardian »Ein Bestsellerroman, der auch noch erfolgreich verfilmt wurde.« The New York Times »Singapur von seiner reichsten und funkelndsten Seite.« O, The Oprah Magazine »Es ist unmöglich, sich nicht in diesen Roman über das Leben einer riesigen Wichtigtuerfamilie hineinziehen zu lassen.« Glamour

Humanity

A Moral History of the Twentieth Century

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Author: Jonathan Glover

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300087000

Category: History

Page: 480

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Focusing on the brutal acts of the 20th century--from the Holocaust to Hiroshima--the author looks at the politics of the times and the roots of human nature to attempt to explain why so many atrocities were perpetuated and how the social environment can be changed to prevent their recurrence.

Laika

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Author: Nick Abadzis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783855350025

Category:

Page: 205

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