Cover of: America and Vietnam | Albert Marrin

America and Vietnam

the elephant and the tiger

Published by Viking in New York, N.Y., U.S.A .
Written in English.

About the Book

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.

About the Edition

Examines the political history, military events, social impact, and long-term effects of the Vietnam War.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.
"Some more books": p. [269]-271.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
959.704/3373
Library of Congress
DS558 .M36 1992

The Physical Object

Pagination
ix, 277 p. :
Number of pages
277

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1549225M
Internet Archive
americavietnamel00marr
ISBN 10
0670840637
LC Control Number
91028795
OCLC/WorldCat
24246696
Library Thing
4701313
Goodreads
1253407
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