Reporter: A Memoir (2018) and Bring the War Home (2018) address history and legacy of Vietnam War
On occasion, I have been reading about the Vietnam War – as seen from a wide range of vantage points. While the war was underway, I followed the news closely and over the years met a good number of Vietnam War resisters as well as some veterans – in particular during the years I was travelling and working in the interior and West Coast of British Columbia.
The first book is featured in a June 14, 2018 CBC The Current article entitled: “How reporter Seymour Hersh uncovered a massacre, and changed the Vietnam War dialogue: Pentagon tried to bury story of U.S. soldiers killing hundreds of Vietnamese civilians, says veteran reporter.”
As I recall, I heard the interview on my car radio on the day it was aired on CBC Radio.
I became interested in reading about the history and legacy of the war after reading a brief mention – a mini-review, so to speak – of We Were Soldiers (2002) by Robert Mueller, in an article that I came across some time back:
A May 13, 2019 Yale Environment 360 article is entitled: “Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy: From 1962 to 1971, the American military sprayed vast areas of Vietnam with Agent Orange, leaving dioxin contamination that has severely affected the health of three generations of Vietnamese. Now, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments have joined together in a massive cleanup project.”
An Aug. 9, 2019 CNN article is entitled: “Southwest pilot flew his Vietnam veteran father’s remains back to the place where he last saw him 52 years ago.”
10 Recommended Reads
A March 5, 2019 London School of Economics article is entitled: “Reading List: 10 Recommended Reads on the Contemporary Far Right and Populism.”
Among the books featured in the list is one featured at the current post.
In this original book, US historian Kathleen Belew argues that key activists within the modern US far right were profoundly influenced by (their experiences in) the Vietnam War. It was Vietnam veterans like Louis R. Beam Jr who popularised the notion of ‘leaderless resistance’ within the far right, which inspired many of the most infamous far right terrorists, from Robert Jay Matthews (The Order) to Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City bombing). Belew also shows how the defeatist mood in the US led to a push for ‘remasculinisation’, expressed through the paramilitarisation of US culture in general, and the various far-right subcultures in particular.