Did this book change your views on the Vietnam war?

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This did not change my views much because my grandfather served during Vietnam and I knew a lot of the things that surprise other people from him. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Every time i read a book or even watch a movie based on a war, i get a little traumatized. I don't think i will ever understand why it's necessary. But i also have great admiration for the people who have been through it.. I don't think i could ever be that brave..

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The Vietnam Conflict, no war was actually declared, is a very sad part of our Country's history. Because we were obligated by the SEATO treaty, we had to assist. However, the micromanaging of the combat from the White House and the greed and obvious bias of the print and TV media, doomed it from the start. LBJ was petrified of adverse public feelings and the possibility of drawing China i8nto the conflict just it had in Korea. Had our commanders been left to fight the conflict the way it needed to be fought, we would have come out of the situation, if not with a victory, at east we could hold our heads up. No military confict is a good thing, however, neither is placating an enemy. Look at what Chamberlain got for ptrying to appease Hitler, Worl War Two.

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The Vietnam War was a very tragic time, and I have a lot of family members in the military so this book didn't surprise me very much. I had already heard a lot of stories.

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melzim25 wrote:
07 Jan 2020, 14:33
The Vietnam Conflict, no war was actually declared, is a very sad part of our Country's history. Because we were obligated by the SEATO treaty, we had to assist. However, the micromanaging of the combat from the White House and the greed and obvious bias of the print and TV media, doomed it from the start. LBJ was petrified of adverse public feelings and the possibility of drawing China i8nto the conflict just it had in Korea. Had our commanders been left to fight the conflict the way it needed to be fought, we would have come out of the situation, if not with a victory, at east we could hold our heads up. No military confict is a good thing, however, neither is placating an enemy. Look at what Chamberlain got for ptrying to appease Hitler, Worl War Two.
I hear you loud and clear.

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Honestly, I didn't know a thing about Vietnam war. It was informative for me. Getting to know what went on during that period.

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Karina Nowak wrote:
14 Nov 2019, 21:24
I haven't read the book yet but I don't think people in this day and age can understand the 'why' behind any war, ever. Sure we understood how it started, what people hoped to gain by undertaking it, but the worth of it? No. It is unnecessary and outdated.

I haven't read the book either, and I agree with you. Young and inexperienced as I am on the topic of wars (and I really hope to remain inexperienced), I still see the aftermath of the Civil War in my own country. The worth of any war is something I might never understand.

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I only used to hear about this war as rumours but I never had a grasp of what happened and also what happens during these kind of wars. The sad reality is that there is much pain which was accompanied by this war. I like the detailed review. I'll make an effort to read whole of it.

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For me, this book didn't change my view too much. It did open my eyes to the more recent things that have happened to these vets. I was confused about what that one marine was singled out for a side story but as I read the author's note, I saw the need to add a name and face for a villain. Like was stated, we don't know what happened behind those closed doors. Yes, there are a lot of vets but that doesn't mean that we cut off funds for any of them. It's so sad that this is a political issue. It sheds light on the broken system.
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While reading this story, I also wondered how many wars US has been involved in,price and prize summons commitment, diversity of races, hardwork and love. While in training among the unskilled, only wisdom will get an individual to win a good position in the army and the needed appreciation.

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melzim25 wrote:
07 Jan 2020, 14:33
The Vietnam Conflict, no war was actually declared, is a very sad part of our Country's history. Because we were obligated by the SEATO treaty, we had to assist. However, the micromanaging of the combat from the White House and the greed and obvious bias of the print and TV media, doomed it from the start. LBJ was petrified of adverse public feelings and the possibility of drawing China i8nto the conflict just it had in Korea. Had our commanders been left to fight the conflict the way it needed to be fought, we would have come out of the situation, if not with a victory, at east we could hold our heads up. No military confict is a good thing, however, neither is placating an enemy. Look at what Chamberlain got for ptrying to appease Hitler, Worl War Two.
I agree. It's very shameful.

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Brendan Donaghy wrote:
23 Dec 2019, 08:18
I'm not sure that there's much left to say about the Vietnam War. Over the there have been countless books, films, and documentaries covering the subject from every conceivable angle. I think it must be hard for an author trying to find something new to say about it.
You think so? I believe most people think the author did uncover some new information. Unfortunately this information doesn't mean that the war made sense whatsoever.

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Abacus wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 16:25
History will tell a different story about war when we have learned to avoid it. The war should be waged against the leaders not the young men of the country.
Well put 8)

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My view of the Vietnam War has not changed.

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I didn't know anything about this war at all, coming from South Africa, it wasn't apart of our curriculum so I only know what I see in the movies. This was the first time I read about the Vietnam war and it started my interest in learning more about the WHY????? :geek2: :o :eusa-think:

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