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Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History [Hardcover]

B. G. Burkett , Glenna Whitley
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  • Hardcover: 692 pages
  • Publisher: Verity Press Publishing (Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096670360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966703603
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Military documents reveal decades of deceit about the Vietnam War and myths perpetuated by the mainstream media. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Stolen Valor" reviewed in The Weekly Standard
"Hard-nosed, provocative, and courageous, 'Stolen Valor' masterfully and on occasion gleefully debunks some of the popular canards and much of the anecdotal record about Vietnam veterans...For me, a reporter who is also a Vietnam veteran, 'Stolen Valor' goes on the shelf somewhere near Neil Sheehan's 'A Bright Shining Lie,' David Halberstam's 'The Best and the Brightest,' and a few other books whose lasting value is that they make more comprehensible some of the epic complexities of Vietnam, which was the central cultural event of my generation." -- Joe Sharkey, in The Weekly Standard, Sept. 7, 1998

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I served two full infantry tours in Vietnam as a Rifle Company Commander, Battalion staff officer and MACV advisor. I am proud of the American -- and Vietnamese -- soldiers who served with me, both under my command and otherwise. From my experience, I fully concur with everything Jug Burkett has included in his book about the valor and honor of the American fighting man in Vietnam, and about the intentional actions of those from the antiwar left to undermine that honor in the eyes of both the veteran and the American people. The leftists have succeeded to a certain degree, in that many view the Vietnam vet as a cruel, racist, pot-headed malcontent. That image is absurdly wrong, as Burkett amply illustrates.
If Americans really want to know how most infantrymen -- and other military personnel -- performed in Vietnam and adjusted to life after their tour(s) there, I strongly recommend two books: Jug's "Stolen Valor," and my book, "Platoon: Bravo Company." I sincerely hope that these two books will be the opening salvo in the counterattack to change the image of the Vietnam veteran to the more truthful vision of valiant fighter and honorable American. You owe it to those who actually fought the war to get it right, for a change!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book and a real eye opener. 10 Aug 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Until I read this book, I never realized being a phoney Viet Nam Combat Veteran could pay so well. The VA is willing to pay big taxpayer bucks to just about anyone who can sob a good Viet Nam story...without even checking to see if they were in Viet Nam. Some of the phoney stories exposed in this book made me gasp. Some fake stories recieved national exposure and others are immortalized in educational courses. The chapter on Agent Orange was amazing. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Even the appendices are useful and interesting. I'm glad the authors wrote this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tough Read that Got It Right! 4 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Burkett and Whitley have helped to set the record straight. Veterans of the War in RVN now have evidence that their military history was, and still is, manipulated by those vested in the "Politics of Victimization". This is a very tough read. This is a very enlightening read. I thank the authors for restoring the truth to the discussion of Vietnam Veterans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the truth is told! 3 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I am a Viet Nam Vet. For years I have felt great disgust with the media for the continual portrayal of my fellow vets a drugged crazed, mudering maniacs. Mr. Burkett and Ms. Whitley deserve great credit for what they have exposed. Keep up the fire!
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I can not recommend this book to everyone, only those who are Viet Nam veterans, know Viet Nam Veterans, have ever wondered about the war and its "hiddden costs.
It is a real eye openner and the authors should be commented for their public service in "setting the record straight". A personal thank you from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, swallow hard, and take a deep breath 1 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Truth is a rare commodity in America these days. But here is a large dose from investigative authors Burkett and Whitley. As usual, this truth will go down hard for many individuals who prefer the convenience of self-deception. As a Vietnam Veteran, I recommend this book to all other vets. They need to brace themselves though. I found the book very depressing, because it confirms things I have been thinking and saying for years. It's the ugly side of what I refer to as the war after the war. Many vets will be angered by this book. Anyone who is on disability because of PTSD will feel threatened. Anyone who was convinced that Agent Orange ruined their life will be shocked by what this book has to say. Anyone who has grossly exaggerated their war experience will fear that people now have the means to pull their military records and check things out for themselves. Most journalists will have real mixed emotions. Through the Freedom of Information Act, Burkett pulled records on hundreds, perhaps thousands, of vets, when their public trumpeting seemed a bit far out...and the results are flat shocking. The phonies and liars are practically too numerous to count. Worse, they have been the showcase of the media, and continue to be. The people who really need to read this book are all the civilians who have sucked up the lies, and even contributed to the lies by being such a ready audience. But unlike A Bright Shinning Lie, this major piece of work will never be made into a TV mini-series. It would make every journalist in America look like a fool, and we can't have that. The bottom line in this book is known only to honorable vets. Read more ›
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As a Vietnam combat veteran and trained journalist, "Stolen Valor" is the book I wish I had written. Unfortunately, most in my generation have their minds made up about Vietnam Veterans. They have read and heard the stories for 30 years. "Everyone knows" Vietnam Vets are drugged-up, hair-trigger psychopaths who were losers then and losers now.
Most hippie has-beens are still driven by the anti-war myths of the time and they have never been interested in the truth. My concern is for the next generation which knows nothing of Vietnam and Vietnam Vets except what Hollywood, the myth-mongers and fakers have sold to a country that should have known better.
Burkett and Whitley are as brutal in their expose as the last 30 years have been to Vietnam Vets who did their duty, served with honor and quitely came home to lead productive lives. Burkett honors us with his effort, his exquisite research and his outrage.
If you care at all about the truth, if you want to really understand the history, you owe it to yourself and your children to read "Stolen Valor."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Burkett may have valid points, but.....
Burkett may have important things to say, but I only needed to get through two chapters of his book to recognize that he commits some of the same offenses he accuses others of. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Solidly debunks many Vietnam War myths and misconceptions.
Remarkable in-depth research presented quite well. No one likes war and this is especially true for the Vietnam War. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a dishonest book that slanders Vietnam veterans.
This is a dishonest book that slanders Vietnam veterans. Burkett and Whitley pose as defenders of Vietnam veterans, just as Senator Joseph McCarthy posed as a defender of American... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stolen Valor" recovers the truth
I could not put "Stolen Valor" down! Despite being 592 pages long and documented with 983 footnotes and four appendices, "Stolen Valor" is easily read. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read; and a public service
My name is W.E.B. Griffin, and I have something of a reputation for my books about the military. Until I read this book---and more important, checked it with, among other people,... Read more
Published on 27 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, must read.
Burkett takes on the myths attributed to Vietnam Vets and their service one by one. By factual analysis and heavy reliance on actual military records Burkett reveals the truth -... Read more
Published on 22 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Vet's Thank-You
I would also like to add my nearly total endorsement of Burkett and Whitley's expose of this largely media-fed phenomenon. Read more
Published on 15 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars FAILED RESEARCH PRODUCES A FAILED BOOK !
As the co-author of One Tough Marine, a book which Mr. Burkett and Ms. Whitley take to task in Stolen Valor as being "pure fantasy," I will share this information with... Read more
Published on 8 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars FAILED RESEARCH PRODUCES A FAILED BOOK !
As the co-author of One Tough Marine, a book which Mr. Burkett and Ms. Whitley take to task in Stolen Valor as being "pure fantasy," I will share this information with... Read more
Published on 7 July 1999
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