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The Resource My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness, Howard Jones

My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness, Howard Jones

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My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness
Title
My Lai
Title remainder
Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness
Statement of responsibility
Howard Jones
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this raw, searing new narrative account, Howard Jones reopens the case of My Lai by examining individual accounts of both victims and soldiers through extensive archival and original research. Jones evokes the horror of the event itself, the attempt to suppress it, as well as the response to Calley's sentence and the seemingly unanswerable question of whether he had merely been following orders. My Lai also surveys how news of the slaughter intensified opposition to the Vietnam War by undermining any pretense of American moral superiority. Compelling, comprehensive, and sobering, Howard Jones' My Lai chronicles how the strategic failures and competing objectives of American leaders resulted in one of the most devastating tragedies of the Vietnam War"--
  • "During the summer of 1971, in the midst of protests and demonstrations in the United States against the Vietnam War, it became public for the first time that something horrific had happened in the remote South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. Three years previously, in March 1968, a unit of American soldiers engaged in seemingly indiscriminate violence against unarmed civilians, killing over 500 people, including women and children. News filtered slowly through the system, but was initially suppressed, dismissed or downplayed by military authorities. By late 1969, however journalists had pursued the rumors, when New York Times reporter Seymour Hirsch published an exposé on the massacre, the story became a national outrage. Howard Jones places the events of My Lai and its aftermath in a wider historical context. As a result of the reporting of Hirsch and others, the U.S. army conducted a special inquiry, which charged Lieutenant William Calley and nearly 30 other officers with war crimes. A court martial followed, but after four months Calley alone was found guilty of premeditated murder. He served four and a half months in prison before President Nixon pardoned him and ordered his release. Jones' compelling narrative details the events in Vietnam, as well as the mixed public response to Calley's sentence and to his defense that he had merely been following orders. Jones shows how pivotal the My Lai massacre was in galvanizing opposition to the Vietnam War, playing a part nearly as significant as that of the Tet Offensive and the Cambodian bombing. For many, it undermined any pretense of American moral superiority, calling into question not only the conduct of the war but the justification for U.S. involvement. Jones also reveals how the effects of My Lai were felt within the American military itself, forcing authorities to focus on failures within the chain of command and to review training methods as well as to confront the issue of civilian casualties--what, in later years, came to be known as 'collateral damage.' A trenchant and sober reassessment, My Lai delves into questions raised by the massacre that have never been properly answered: questions about America's leaders in the field and in Washington; the seeming breakdown of the U.S. army in Vietnam; the cover-up and ultimate public exposure; and the trial itself, which drew comparisons to Nuremberg. Based on extensive archival research, this is the best account to date of one of the defining moments of the Vietnam War."--
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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1940-
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Jones, Howard
Dewey number
959.704/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS557.8.M9
LC item number
J77 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Pivotal moments in American history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Calley, William Laws
  • My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Label
My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness, Howard Jones
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-452) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The My Lai story -- Part I. Pinkville -- Part II. Aftermath and Cover-Up -- Part III. My Lai on Trial -- Epilogue: The My Lai Story Continues
Control code
ocn958962930
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 475 pages, 32 pages of plates
Isbn
9780195393606
Lccn
2016042464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)958962930
Label
My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness, Howard Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-452) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The My Lai story -- Part I. Pinkville -- Part II. Aftermath and Cover-Up -- Part III. My Lai on Trial -- Epilogue: The My Lai Story Continues
Control code
ocn958962930
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 475 pages, 32 pages of plates
Isbn
9780195393606
Lccn
2016042464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)958962930

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