Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

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Nick Turse: Kill Anything That Moves (2013, Holt & Company, Henry)

English language

Published Dec. 17, 2013 by Holt & Company, Henry.

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978-0-8050-9547-0
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2 stars

Nick Turse has written a polemical work on the Vietnam War that basically offers nothing new or revolutionary about our understanding of the conflict. Anytime an author suggests that what they are writing is "new" or "revolutionary" or "eye-opening" or a "secret history," I immediately become suspicious. Sometimes that suspicion is unfounded. But, in this case, Turse fits the bill as someone packaging old wine in a new bottle.

His central claim is that "Murder, torture, rape, abuse, forced displacement, home burnings, specious arrests, imprisonment without due process—such occurrences were virtually a daily fact of life throughout the years of the American presence in Vietnam" (6). He echoes Ron Ridenhouer's feeling that the My Lai massacre was not an aberration but an operation.

Many Goodreads reviewers are praising this book effusively for its eye-opening accounts of the "Real American War" and the litany of atrocities allegedly perpetrated by American G.I.s. …

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Subjects

  • Vietnam war, 1961-1975, atrocities
  • Vietnam war, 1961-1975, united states
  • Massacres
  • War crimes
  • Violence
  • Racism
  • United states, military policy