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By Edward P. Metzner

In the hamlets and villages of Vietnam, the US waged a little-known battle to serve and construct in the middle of strife that destroyed and killed. The pacification software, "for the hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese humans, represented an try and settle the clash via bolstering help for the South Vietnam govt and inspiring grass-roots competition to the Viet Cong and the North. In that software, Col. Edward Metzner spent 8 years as an consultant to district and provincial chiefs; his tale is the tale of the higher facet of american citizens' involvement in Southeast Asia.

More Than a Soldier's War joins jointly, in a single man's reviews, the start of the struggle, the consequent agonizing process occasions, and the ignominious finish of 1 of contemporary history's so much arguable and tormenting conflicts. It vividly describes american citizens' efforts to avoid wasting lives from the grinding day-by-day carnage, guard the blameless, and supply desire for a way forward for peace and safeguard, all whereas entangled in a continuing, grisly people's battle. person Vietnamese emerge in dramatic aid in those pages: grasping, imperious military officials; clever, sympathetic village leaders; mom and dad prepared to probability their lives for his or her kid's destiny welfare.

This eyewitness account, with its close-up examine an immense aspect of the struggle, takes the warfare out of the strictly army enviornment and places faces on those that labored difficult to accomplish a long-lasting victory. Arguing that extra consciousness to the desires of the folks and not more to army strategies may need ended in a special consequence, Metzner rather lays blame for hindering the growth of the pacification attempt on the toes of either South Vietnamese and American army leaders. via his personal reports, he demonstrates that these concerned at a grass-roots point complete very much that was once by no means effectively mirrored in stories at the war.

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