Atrocities in Vietnam

The United States military forces committed widespread atrocities during the Vietnam War, according to documents unearthed in the National Archives by journalist Nick Turse. The evidence of numerous mass killings of Vietnamese civilians reveals that the infamous My Lai Massacre was neither an accident nor an aberration, but rather a normal part of the American practice of warfare in Vietnam.


Turse has published his findings in new book entitled, Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (Metropolitan Books, 2013). For a bio of Turse, see his own website.

Kill Anything that Moves is receiving considerable media attention in the United States. NPR recently interviewed Turse about the book. Salon reports on Turse’s findings.  Bill Moyers recently conducted a video interview with Turse about the book.

The LA Times previously published a series of articles by Turse based on his research for the book.

Alfred W. McCoy, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a leading scholar of Southeast Asian History, reviews Turse’s book at HNN.

I have not yet had a chance to review Turse’s book, but hope to do so soon.

This entry was posted in Archival Research, Civil Conflict, Civilians and Refugees in War, Empires and Imperialism, History of Violence, Strategy and International Politics, War, Culture, and Society. Bookmark the permalink.

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