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A broken promise and ‘the butcher’: Ex-envoy laments U.S. handover of Cambodia

“PARIS – Twelve helicopters, bristling with guns and U.S. Marines, breached the morning horizon and began a daring descent toward Cambodia’s besieged capital. The Americans were rushing in to save them, residents watching the aerial armada believed. But at the … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War Is Not Over

Marines marching in Danang, Vietnam, March 15, 1965 “‘The Vietnam War’ Ken Burns says in a recent interview, ‘was the most important event in American history since World War II.’ But, he explains, it’s also an event that tore the … Continue reading

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How Not to ‘Win Hearts and Minds’

A U.S. infantryman moving Vietnamese civilians from their village northwest of Saigon to protect them during a firefight with Viet Cong snipers. “From the early stages of the Vietnam War, American officials insisted that winning the hearts and minds (yes, … Continue reading

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Miami and the Siege of Chicago – Norman Mailer (1968)

“Some 40 years ago, the cumulatively unbearable stresses of war in Vietnam, a revolution in civil rights and a series of unexpected, bug-eyed cultural uprisings sent America into a psychological meltdown. Norman Mailer wrote a two-volume participant-­observer journalistic portrait of … Continue reading

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Đông Hà

“Đông Hà ( listen) is the capital of Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. Đông Hà is situated at the crossroads of National Highway 1A and Route 9, part of the East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC). It lies on the North–South Railway (Reunification Express) … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in ’72 – Hunter S. Thompson

“Dawn is coming up in San Francisco now: 6:09 AM. I can hear the rumble of early morning buses under my window at the Seal Rock Inn . . . out here at the far end of Geary Street: This … Continue reading

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What was happening in Cambodia during the Vietnam war?

Child soldier loyal to the Cambodian government standing next to his foxhole. “Cambodia was having it’s own civil war that very closely tied with the Vietnam War. It was fought between the pro American military dictator Lon Nol and the … Continue reading

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