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The Legacies of War?
on 1 November 2013
These are superb little books (less than 100 pages) which allow you grasp all the key facts without having to trundle through 500 + pages! If you have the time then you can finish them in a day. They are very well illustrated, keeping it factual without dwelling on the blood & gore of war. I grew up with this war, it was on the news, I saw the films and listened to the music - Billy Joel, The Doors, etc. Somehow I missed the key facts of it all! This has given me all that I needed to know. This overview gives so much detail about all sorts of things - those countries involved, the reasons for involvement, the places, the people, the links to other wars, the history, the outcome, the personal accounts, the political feel throughout and the legacies for all concerned. I have really learned an awful lot.
I was quite shocked at how badly affected some the American troops were: the My Lai atrocity, the 30,000 troops hooked on drugs, the racial tensions, the killing of their own in command - fragging, the draft dodgers, and finally their abandonment by their own people on return from the war due to the war's media exposure and the country's cover ups and propaganda. Their own people lost faith in the war and some troops faced isolation, destitution, physical ( the orange the scandal) and mental illness.
A very tragic end indeed to an ultimately futile war effort, that they have since admitted that they were wrong to get involved with? That decision cost 50,000 American lives!