Four Hours in My Lai by Michael Bilton

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A relentlessly powerful book--companion to the Emmy Award-winning television documentary, Four Hours to My Lai. By interviewing both American and Vietnamese survivors and analyzing an immense body of archival materials, the authors have unearthed the truth of what happened and compells us to look once more into a black hole in our history.
 

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Published March 1, 1993 by Penguin Books. 464 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Brilliantly realized study of the infamous Vietnam War atrocity in which US soldiers burned a Vietnamese village to the ground, shot the livestock, raped the women, and drove 400 men, women, and children into a ditch to slaughter them with machine- gun fire.

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This is a gut-wrenching inquiry into the tragedy at My Lai on March 16, 1968 when U.S. Army troops slaughtered some 500 Vietnamese villages--killings, described here in hideous detail, accompanied by

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Based on interviews with members of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, Americal Division and Vietnamese witnesses, as well as examination of the site and the voluminous documentation, the authors reveal how the soldiers of Charlie Company came to believe it was their task to wipe out an entire village.

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The authors conduct a gut-wrenching inquiry into the tragedy at My Lai on March 16, 1968, when U.S. Army troops slaughtered some 500 Vietnamese villagers.

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London Review of Books

Nevertheless, there is a clear impression that Vietnam has got over the Vietnam War – something, this books reminds us, that cannot, and should not, be said of the United States.

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Mother Jones

The Vietnam War Commemoration's interactive timeline refers to My Lai as an "incident" not a massacre, the death toll is listed at "more than 200" instead of more than 500, and it singles out only Lieutenant Calley (who certainly had plenty of blood on his hands) as if the deaths of all those Vie...

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