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My Lai: A Brief History with Documents

My Lai: A Brief History with Documents - 98 edition

My Lai: A Brief History with Documents - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780312142278

ISBN10: 0312142277

My Lai: A Brief History with Documents by James S. Olson and Randy Roberts - ISBN 9780312142278
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Bedford Books
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My Lai: A Brief History with Documents by James S. Olson and Randy Roberts - ISBN 9780312142278

ISBN13: 9780312142278

ISBN10: 0312142277

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98

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Summary

America never fully recovered from or forgot the grim day in 1968 when the soldiers of Charlie Company killed almost four hundred Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. Introducing readers to the most controversial event of the Vietnam War, this brief history examines the massacre and its cover-up and discusses the ramifications that the ensuing investigation had for the public, policymakers, and the antiwar movement. Eight topical chapters reprint 68 primary documents - drawn mainly from testimony and reports of General Peers's inquiry into the incident - to chronicle the events leading up to, during, and after the massacre. An introductory essay places the carnage within the larger context of the war and considers the issues of culpability and human rights it engendered. Photographs, a glossary, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, maps, and an index are also included to make this book a fascinating resource.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

Introduction: The Road to My Lai

America's Longest War
The Ground War in Quang Ngai
Charlie Company
The My Lai Massacre
Aftermath

1. The Official Story

2. The Official Rules of Modern Warfare

3. Experience in War: December 1967 to March 14, 1968

4. The Briefings: March 15, 1968

5. The Assault on My Lai

6. The Cover-Up

7. Exposure and Investigation

8. Culpability

Appendices
Glossary
A My Lai Chronology (1967-1974)
Questions for Consideration
Suggested Reading List
Maps
Index