By Edward P. Metzner
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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