AMERICA AND VIETNAM by Albert Marrin

AMERICA AND VIETNAM

The Elephant and the Tiger
Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A powerfully written, emotion-packed, highly biased account of America's involvement in Vietnam. Marrin mentions a variety of views on the war, but his sympathies are clearly with the Americans who fought there. While he details the ``grunts' '' confusion, frustration, and suffering and apologizes for the atrocities they committed as aberrations, he depicts the communists as ruthless and power-hungry, the South Vietnamese as corrupt, the US government as blind and indecisive, the news media as sensation-seeking, and the antiwar activists as ``spoiled brats.'' He also emphasizes the suffering of American POWs (and, to a lesser degree, some of the Vietnamese). Though he quotes a number of Vietnamese sources and presents some background on the country, the Vietnamese are the villains in virtually every comparison with Americans; Marrin's presumption of motives is good for American soldiers, bad for everyone else. To his credit, he attributes quotes and offers a reasonably complete bibliography. Useful as a digest of some of the adult oral histories, but not as an objective summary. Index and b&w photos not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-670-84063-7
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1992




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