Kill anything that moves: the real American war in Vietnam

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Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians

Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by "a few bad apples." But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to "kill anything that moves."

Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Kill Anything That Moves takes us from archives filled with Washington's long-suppressed war crime investigations to the rural Vietnamese hamlets that bore the brunt of the war; from boot camps where young American soldiers learned to hate all Vietnamese to bloodthirsty campaigns like Operation Speedy Express, in which a general obsessed with body counts led soldiers to commit what one participant called "a My Lai a month."

Thousands of Vietnam books later, Kill Anything That Moves , devastating and definitive, finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts Americans to this day.

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subject_facet Massacres -- Vietnam -- History -- 20th century, Racism -- Vietnam -- History -- 20th century, United States -- Military policy, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Atrocities, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States, Violence -- Vietnam -- History -- 20th century, War crimes -- Vietnam -- History -- 20th century
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title_sub the real American war in Vietnam
topic_facet Atrocities, History, Massacres, Military, Military policy, Nonfiction, Racism, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Violence, War crimes