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Published: 17 April 2006

320 Pages | 13 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719068911

Bookseller Code (06)


The My Lai massacre in American history and memory

Kendrick Oliver

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The first comprehensive study of the massacre's reception in the United States and its place in American memory
  • Contrary to common interpretations of the Vietnam conflict as an unhealed national wound or trauma, it argues that, if anything, Americans have assimilated the war and its violence rather too well and that they were able to do so even when the war was at its height
  • Incorporates a wealth of different source materials - government papers, military records and legal papers, newspapers and television, opinion polls, memoirs, psychological studies and philosophical reflections, interviews, film, art, novels, poetry and popular song, as well as a visit to the site of the massacre itself
  • Attempts to restore the perspectives of the Vietnamese victims, neglected in most American accounts, to the written record of the massacre

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