American Reckoning

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American Reckoning

The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

Christian G. Appy, author of the oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots is now examining the way the Vietnam War changed individuals and the nation as a whole. The author goes through the war's realities and myths; demonstrating how it had such an impact on our overall identity: the way we feel and think, pride, shame, changes in our culture and foreign policy after the war.

The author researched a wide range of sources including novels, documents, movies, songs, the media and commentary. Mr. Appy gives his interpretation of the war and what happens to the soldiers and civilians before, during and after the war. American Reckoning provides a different outlook on the Vietnam War that is at times politically and culturally controversial.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an alternative view of the Vietnam War or just war stories and accounts in general.


Book Blurb for American Reckoning

The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s place in America’s self-image

How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots, now examines the relationship between the war’s realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy.

Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences. Authoritative, insightful, sometimes surprising, and controversial, American Reckoning is a fascinating mix of political and cultural reporting that offers a completely fresh account of the meaning of the Vietnam War.


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2015 4.00