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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


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Everything posted by Buflo39

  1. HI Chris, yes the Pentagon Papers is a long, long read. Good reference point. Take Halberstams book slow, my feeling is if one doesn't understand the political aspect of the war, it's hard to understand the actual war. Halberstam unfortunately died in an auto accident a few years back. Let me know what you think at some point.
  2. HI Chris, as far as the political aspect, when you have a chance try The Best And The Brightest by David Halberstam. Also if you are interested you can go to The National Archives and download The Pentagon Papers. Like any govt document it is very long, but it's very interesting reading a little at a time.
  3. HI Chris, I understand your point. If you talk to 5 Veterans of Vietnam you will probably get five different opinions.On the other hand the more you read and study the war you will at the very least be able to ask intelligent questions and be able to say hey wait a minute, what about this or what about that? Then I think you would be more comfortable expressing your opinion. So I told you I would recommend some books for you if you are interested. so here is a small list I've read. On the non- fiction side, A Bright Shining Lie, Neil Sheehan, The Best And The Brightest by David Halberstram. The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson about the West Point Class of 1966 and at that time the highest death rate in Vietnam as far as the war is concerned. The next books are by reporters that actually covering the war and not sitting in Saigon sending out reports. Dispatches by Michael Herr ( recently died) The Cat From Hue by John Laurence, well known reporter. On the fiction side I would recommend Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, Fields Of Fire by James Webb,both veterans of the war. So I hope I haven't blown you away with this list, all I can say is these are great authors and I have read these books at least 3 times, that are the kind of books I wished would never end. So thank you for replying and any questions you may have I would be happy to answer.Talk to you again Chris.
  4. Nice to hear from you Chris, yes Khe Shan and Dien Bien Phu are comparable , however their are hundreds of other smaller Battles and ambushes that are also comparable. Listen I will send you a list of recommendations I think you may be interested in. I have so many covering the political and the actual war itself. There are many historical fiction books that are excellent also. Give me a few days and I will suggest a small list for you.I have read these books and have many more. I myself am a Vietnam Veteran and have been studying this war for 40 years,basically trying to figure out the why and the how.Its a very complicated situation. I will talk to you soon.
  5. HI Chris, Thank you for getting back with me on Embers OF War. Some how missed your response,hence the reason it to so long to respond to your response.I am glad you like it and at the same time an eye opener.Actually the more you read about the French experience in Vietnam, you can literally cross out France and insert United States. My feeling is the US looked at the French experience and thought ( oh but that was the French,we are the Americans). Just my opinion. We can be be arrogant at times.Good luck the rest of the way,it's a book worth reading many times over.
  6. I understand Joris,fortunately I have a nook and a fair sized iPad. I'm not sure I would like trying to read a book on an iPhone. That just doesn't sound appealing.
  7. I understand you point, I also but hard cover and paper back, unfortunately due to lack of space for my many books,I also have a nook, so I suppose you could say I use the best of both worlds.
  8. Just finished Saigon by Anthony Grey. Historical book about The French occupation and demise, right thru to the American involvement. Great cast of characters,many ups and downs, and historical context very accurate. It's about 800 pages and that is fine with me. I don't mind long books if I'm interested in the subject. Getting ready to read Peking by the same author. Follows the life of a Young minister from England spreading the word of God and trying to convert the Chinese that he meets.It takes place during one of the many revolutions in China,right up to the death Mao.
  9. In a round about way I know what you mean. As was stated in another post I am more interested in the Pacific War, I may be wrong but it seems to me a lot of these magazines seem to focus on the European theater, which is fine.Im sure their are articles on the Pacific theater, so what I'm saying is I will buy books that are focused on my internet.
  10. Thai you to all that replied, somewhere a long the line I missed the notion that the atomic bomb was originally meant for Germany.Well you learn something new everyday. Thank you again everyone.
  11. HI George,thanks for the reply. I understand your point, the fire bombing of Tokyo came close to both atomic bombs as far as casualties are concerned. But we still felt we had to drop the atom bomb,for reasons to long to go into now.The question remains if the situation was reversed would we have used the atomic bomb on Germany?
  12. Here is a big if question, had Germany attacked the US instead of Japan,( realize their was some U-Boat action on the east coast) and Japan surrendered first and Germany was not giving any indication of surrendering So here is my ? Do any of you think the United States would have dropped the Atom bomb on Germany? My feeling is no,for a variety of reasons. Be interested to hear any responses. Again I realize this is a BIG if ?
  13. Thank you very much for the information, I always figured the Japanese POW were in a nightmare situation, just didn't know if German POWs were subjected to the same inhumanity. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Jewish civilians caught up in the Web of German fanaticism. Again thank you for taking time to pass along this information.
  14. Hi Chrs,also read Street Without Joy, Hell In A Very Small Place by Bernard Fall is another read worthy of your time. You can almost feel the US falling into the same trap.Of course that's 20-20 hindsight , Embers Of War by Fredrik Loegevall is also a fabulous book. Traces the fall of the French Empiere and the making of America's Vietnam.
  15. Thank You for the reply, had a gut feeling aGerman POW camp would be a better choice out of a lousy situation to be in. Again thank you for the reply.
  16. My interest is mainly the Pacific theater, having read many accounts of Americans in Japanse POW camps,recently The Jersey Brothers,the savagery is unimaginable, so how do German POW camps relating to American POWs compare?
  17. I am currently reading The Jersey Brothers by Sally Mott Freeman.
  18. I'm currently reading Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden,great book and stories told by both the American side,North Vietnamese side,and the South Vietnamese side.Highly recommended.
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