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April 4, 2015



Product Details 

The Vietnam War and
Our National Identity
Christian G. Appy
  • Number: 9780670025398
  • Release: February 5, 2015
  • Author: Christian G. Appy
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * HIST: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking Adult

Hardback / Street Copy
The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s place in America’s self-image How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots, now examines the relationship between the war’s realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy. Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences. Authoritative, insightful, sometimes surprising, and controversial, American Reckoning is a fascinating mix of political and cultural reporting that offers a completely fresh account of the meaning of the Vietnam War.

Christian G. Appy, author of the oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots is now examining the way the Vietnam War changed people and the nation as a whole.
 The author goes through the war's realities and myths.  It had such an impact on our overall identity, the way we feel and think, pride, shame, changes in our culture and foreign policy after the war.
The author did a lot of research from places such as novels, documents, movies, songs, the media and commentary.
Mr. Appy gives his interpretation of the war and what happens to the soldiers and civilians before, during and after the war.
AMERICAN RECKONING is at times controversial but is a combination of politics and culture. The author gives us a new different outlook of the Vietnam War.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in another view of the Vietnam War or just war stories and accounts in general.

I received a complimentary copy of AMERICAN RECKONING from the author, Christian G. Appy and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 


CHRISTIAN G. APPY is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of two previous books on the Vietnam War. Patriots was a main selection of BOMC and won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. He lives in Amherst.


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