A Vietnam War reader : a documentary history from American by Michael H. Hunt

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By Michael H. Hunt

A vital new source for college students and academics of the Vietnam struggle, this concise choice of fundamental resources opens a worthwhile window on a very complicated clash.

The fabrics collected the following, from either the yank and Vietnamese facets, remind readers that the clash touched the lives of many of us in quite a lot of social and political occasions and spanned lots extra time than the last decade of direct U.S. strive against. certainly, the U.S. warfare was once yet one section in a string of conflicts that diversified considerably in personality and geography. Michael Hunt brings jointly the perspectives of the conflict's disparate players--from Communist leaders, Vietnamese peasants, Saigon loyalists, and North Vietnamese squaddies to U.S. policymakers, infantrymen, and critics of the battle. by way of permitting the contributors to talk, this quantity encourages readers to formulate their very own traditionally grounded realizing of a nonetheless arguable struggle.

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My parents were afraid I would become “bad” and said, “State affairs are not for girls to take care of. And even if women can do it, they must be very capable. What can our daughter Dinh do? ” At that time, I had reached the puberty period and caught the attention of many youths in the village. Several sent matchmakers to my house to ask for my hand. My parents wanted to accept and give me away in marriage to put an end to their worries, but I absolutely refused to go along. I often confided to my brother Ba: — ​I only want to work for the revolution, I don’t want to get married yet.

Compatriots, the country is ours; the people are ours. What interest does France have here for her to come and protect our country? Ever since France came to protect us, Frenchmen hold every lever of power; they hold the power of life and death over everyone. The life of thousands of Vietnamese people is not worth that of a French dog; the moral prestige of hundreds of our officials does not prevail over that of a French woman. Look at those men with blue eyes and yellow beard. They are not our fathers, nor are they our brothers.

We shall have three million infantrymen, as fierce as tigers, looking into the four corners of the universe. Five hundred thousand of our navy men, as terrifying as crocodiles, will swim freely in the boundless ocean. We shall send ambassadors into every country of Europe, America, Japan, the United States, Germany, England. These countries will make ours their first ally. Siam [Thailand], India, and other countries of the South Seas will look up to our land as an enlightened example. Even the big countries of Asia, such as China, will be brother countries to ours.

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