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The Vietnam Reader
Anchor

Rating: 9/10 ?


April 12, 2000
I'm not really interested in the Vietnam War itself as much as I am interested in the phenomenon of the Vietnam war, an era which so profoundly changed the face of American society that its effects are still being felt today.

The introduction explains how O'Nan - an accomplished novelist (see also The Speed Queen and A World Away) - became frustrated with the lack of a concise, definitive anthology of Vietnam era literature while teaching at a university. Undaunted, he set out to create his own text for the class. That collection evolved into The Vietnam Reader.

This collection covers all of the bases of the written word during the Vietnam War, with both fiction and non-fiction literature, as well as films, photography, even song lyrics. Since the war has continued to influence creative minds up through the present day, O'Nan not only breaks the material into categories of medium but also by chronology. From Credence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" (1969) to Oliver Stone's Platoon (1987) to O'Nan's own novel, The Names of the Dead (1996), nearly every work of any significance is represented here.

It is said that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. In today's world, where military leaders survey the battlefield from the other side of the globe via satellite images and bombs are dropped from miles above the Earth, perhaps the memories of the Vietnam War deserve revisiting.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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