Our Vietnam

Our Vietnam

The War, 1954-1975

A.J. Langguth

Simon \& Schuster, $35, 766 pp.

Michael Herr’s justly celebrated book of war reportage, Dispatches, ends with the words: "Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam, we’ve all been there." It is one of those enigmatic lines you might admire until some teacher requires a three-page interpretation. In truth, only a small fraction of Americans had literally been to Vietnam and most of them were GIs who might as well have been on another planet for all they were told, or allowed to...

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About the Author

Chris Appy is the author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides (Viking).