The 21st Century Surge in Interest in the Vietnam War

Jerry Lembcke (sociology, Holy Cross) offers an in-depth and critical essay on the dramatic growth in book publishing activity about the Vietnam War since the 9/11 attacks in the June issue of Choice.

The essay organizes the books into eight primary categories: historical studies, biography and autobiography, social movements and memory, Vietnam veterans and memory, commemoration studies, legacy studies, film/photography/literature studies, and, documentary and reference works.

Seven titles published by the University Press of Kansas are covered in the essay, beginning with Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975 by John Prados, Diem’s Final Failure: Prelude to America’s War in Vietnam by Philip E. Catton, and, ARVN: Life and Death in the South Vietnamese Army by Robert K. Brigham, in historical studies; The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon: An Intelligence Officer’s Memoir, 1972-1973 by Timothy J. Lomperis in biography and autobiography; America in the Seventies, Beth Bailey and David Farber, editors in legacy studies; The Vietnam War on Trial: The My Lai Massacre and the Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley by Michal R. Belknap in legacy/military policy; and, Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People’s Army of Vietnam, 1954-1975 by the Military History Institute of Vietnam, Translated by Merle L. Pribbenow in reference.

The New York Review of Books Highlights “Nixon’s Nuclear Specter”

9780700620821The New York Review of Books features UPK title “Nixon’s Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War” by William Burr & Jeffrey P. Kimball in an article by Robert G. Kaiser. Kaiser states, “Nixon’s Nuclear Specter is a detailed and careful account of Nixon’s and Kissinger’s fruitless efforts during 1969 to find an ‘honorable’ way out of Vietnam”.

On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam

9780700621101On September 22, PBS debuts, “On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam,” a beautifully photographed and written documentary that features the significant contribution of Latinos regarding the war in Vietnam, primarily as soldiers but also protestors. A featured story in the film focuses on the Morenci Marines [for more reading, check out Kyle Longley’s “The Morenci Marines:  A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War“] and how a significant portion of the group represented Latinos as well as recognition of the contributions of lower-middle working class families to the war effort. Clive Garcia, Jr. in particular stands out as Mylene Moreno, the director, reviews his life and death, and its effect on the small copper mining community of Morenci, Arizona. She also features others outside of the Morenci Marines from Greenlee County which gave more than its fair share of sons, many Latinos, and their sweat and blood on the front lines in Vietnam.

-Written by Kyle Longley, author ofThe Morenci Marines:  A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War.

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