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Book - The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?

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The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?
by John Marciano

The American War in Vietnam seeks not to commemorate the Vietnam War, but to stop the ongoing U.S. war on actual history. Marciano reveals the grandiose flag-waving that stems from the “Noble Cause principle,” the notion that America is “chosen by God” to bring democracy to the world. Marciano writes of the Noble Cause being invoked unsparingly by presidents – from Jimmy Carter, in his observation that, regarding Vietnam, “the destruction was mutual,” to Barack Obama, who continued the flow of romantic media propaganda: “The United States of America … will remain the greatest force for freedom the world has ever known.”

This book, a follow-up to Marciano’s 1979 classic Teaching the Vietnam War (written with William L. Griffen), counters the unremitting public relations campaign waged by top American politicians, military leaders, business people, and scholars who have spent the last sixty years justifying the U.S. presence in Vietnam. It is a campaign of patriotic conceit superbly chronicled in these pages.

The result is critical writing and teaching at its best. This book will find a home in classrooms where teachers seek to do more than repeat the trite glorifications of U.S. empire. It will provide students everywhere with insights that can prepare them to change the world.

Softcover, 6x8, 198pp, 2016.

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History
Politics
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John Marciano

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