The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes available on November 11 2015 from Amazon for 3.85
ISBN bar code 9780465005277 ξ1 registered November 11 2015
Product category is Book
Manufacturered by Basic Books
Product weight is 1.12 lbs.
In 2005, Deborah Nelson joined forces with military historian Nick Turse to investigate an extraordinary archive: the largest compilation of records on Vietnam-era war crimes ever to surface. The declassified Army papers were erroneously released and have since been pulled from public circulation. Few civilians have seen the documents.The files contain reports of more than 300 confirmed atrocities, and 500 other cases the Army either couldn’t prove or didn’t investigate. The archive has letters of complaint to generals and congressmen, as well as reports of Army interviews with hundreds of men who served. Far from being limited to a few bad actors or rogue units, atrocities occurred in every Army division that saw combat in Vietnam. Torture of detainees was routine; so was the random killing of farmers in fields and women and children in villages. Punishment for these acts was either nonexistent or absurdly light. In most cases, no one was prosecuted at all.In The War Behind Me Deborah Nelson goes beyond the documents and talks with many of those who were involved, both accusers and accused, to uncover their stories and learn how they deal with one of the most awful secrets of the Vietnam War.
Deborah Nelson's book is an expert piece of journalism that, as you can see by some of the bad reviews, is part of a war that is still being fought in some people's minds. U.S. war crimes happened in Vietnam; several of my friends who came back told me all about them while the war was still going on, with plenty of snapshots to prove it. The book also chronicles how the military bureaucrats were able to suppress the testimony of the soldiers who c..