The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes

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  • Hardcover
  • 296 pages
  • The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes
  • Deborah Nelson
  • English
  • 06 March 2017
  • 9780465005277

About the Author: Deborah Nelson

Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Deborah Nelson is the co winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.Nelson earned a J.D from DePaul University College of Law and a B.S in Journalism from Northern Illinois University.She worked for several newspapers, including the Daily Chronicle, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the

The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War CrimesIn 2005, Deborah Nelson Joined Forces With Military Historian Nick Turse To Investigate An Extraordinary Archive The Largest Compilation Of Records On Vietnam Era War Crimes Ever To Surface The Declassified Army Papers Were Erroneously Released And Have Since Been Pulled From Public Circulation Few Civilians Have Seen The Documents.The Files Contain Reports Of Than 300 Confirmed Atrocities, And 500 Other Cases The Army Either Couldn T Prove Or Didn T Investigate The Archive Has Letters Of Complaint To Generals And Congressmen, As Well As Reports Of Army Interviews With Hundreds Of Men Who Served Far From Being Limited To A Few Bad Actors Or Rogue Units, Atrocities Occurred In Every Army Division That Saw Combat In Vietnam Torture Of Detainees Was Routine So Was The Random Killing Of Farmers In Fields And Women And Children In Villages Punishment For These Acts Was Either Nonexistent Or Absurdly Light In Most Cases, No One Was Prosecuted At All.In The War Behind Me Deborah Nelson Goes Beyond The Documents And Talks With Many Of Those Who Were Involved, Both Accusers And Accused, To Uncover Their Stories And Learn How They Deal With One Of The Most Awful Secrets Of The Vietnam War.

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10 thoughts on “The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes

  1. Phillip says:

    Serious crap, April 9, 2009 The subject is an important one as the U.S seems to be finding itself in a series of wars where the population is neutral and the fighting is frustrating and tedious to the point of rage But there are three things one should consider when reading TWBM, by Ms Nelson One, she is hardly a decent investigative reporter I ve read high school what I did last summer reports that are interesting and informative Her questions to the participants were Barbara Walters than anything else How do you feel about atrocities Did you see anyone else commit atrocities Two, she begins her book with the case of a 19year old self described hippie who was arrested for dodging the draft board, jailed for a time and then sent to Vietnam as a Conscientious Objector medic Is there ANY reason to believe this guy would be a credible source of information about the military folks he evidently didn t like or respect Three, Ms Nelson seems to think that repeating the sheer volume of incidents should make us believe that our troops were just a step above the Gestapo Here are a couple of charges Antiwar activist reported he had seen a photo of a mutilated body of a girl Wow, let s get some investigators on that one Or this one POW reported he was forced to shave off mustache I can just see Brando sitting in the dark rubbing his bare head The horror The horror Or a maddening one Deliberate bombing of a Cambodian hospital Pure drivel Never happened Listed in Ms Nelson s ...

  2. James says:

    Yet another book about low life Vietnam veterans Even the guys who blew the whistle and reported events come across poorly The author is careful to document every grammatical error in their speech so they sound like a bunch of ignorant hillbillys, And what of the crimes committed by the Viet cong NVA Not a word about the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese civilians theykilled and or tortured because they were thought to be helping Americans Cutting the genitals off American boys and stuffing them in their mouths while still alive Or cutting their skin off an inch at a time The poor Viet cong are so innocent The tone of the author is somewhat irritating also, The author expresses such glee whenever she finds something negative about an 18 year old draftee who didn t want to go in the army,let alone a war zone And such disappointment when efforts to find dirt don t pay out,like her trip to Vietnam and going around the countryside asking villagers if they can add additional crimes against American soldiers It s too bad she never had a military obligation to her country She s gotten a free ride every time this country wanted soldiersto fight and die for the freedoms she takes for granted During the war she was able to live a fat and easy life,and then later profit by pointing fingers at others If she thinks American men are so bad,why doesn t she go live in Vietnam As other reviewers have pointed out, her writing skills are poor,and much of the book is a...

  3. Brianna says:

    The main focus of the book, or at least the beginning of the journey, is a veteran s allegation that he witnessed the massacre of 19 unarmed civilians by two soldiers and the paper trail showing that this was investigated twice with corroborating testimony uncovered, but no action taken This book isn t an attack on the average soldier In fact, it becomes distressingly clear that not only were there the direct victims of the war crimes murder, rape, assault but indirect victims conscientious soldiers who witnessed these events were carrying it around with them the rest of their lives, often compounded by the fact that when they tried to bring those responsible to justice by reporting or later publicizing it, they were discredited or ignored by an administration desperate to get Vietnam out of the public spotlight.The book is as much about the author s journey to find sources for the story than it is about the story itself, which I guess is to be expected from an investigative journalist The good news is that the author lets the interviewees speak for themselves on the pages, and there is a lot to be le...

  4. Bruce says:

    As a Vietnam Veteran I find this book confirms what I have long thought occurred and is likely occurring now Higher ups find a way to sweep dirt under the rug If they can t sweep it all they find the lowest possible person to scapegoat The authors visit some who reported the incidents to get their reaction to what occurred to their complaints and confront some of those involved in the investigations or public relations responses Atrocities take place in all wars is a truism The appendix has a long list that is probably only a small portion of the number of crimes committed Part of the problem was a lack of training but a larger part was the need for infantrymen Men were accepted who should not have been in the service at all It is worrisome for today because for an all volunteer military to reach its quota moral waivers are issued so people who have committed crimes, sometimes ...

  5. Khánh Ngô says:

    Cu n s ch th c s kh khan S ch ch li t k nh ng n n nh n, nh ng v th bom, nh ng l n c ng k ch T i k v ng m t c u chuy n, m t c i nh n c a ng i M v chi n tranh Vi t Nam h n l nh ng trang li t k t i c n y.

  6. Sheehan says:

    A quick read that packs a wallopBest part of the book is the refusal to blame the actual soldiers exclusively, in fact, most of the book is an expose on the systemic malfunction of the generals promoting body counts as indicators of success and politicians trying to mitigate loss of face in administering the fight.Some of the information is commonly known, My Lai, the failed body count strategies, the free fire zones, etc Of course, the interesting part of the thesis is how the politicians pressed the armed forces into doing actual investigations of all alleged massacres and incidents, when caught with My Lai, most all of which were never prosecuted, but kept of record so Nixon could not be caught not knowing and could keep the stories out the papers The book explores the depth of deception that was perpetrated by the Criminal Investigation Division CID at the behest of the government to act like progress was being made on the allegations while really just sweeping it all under the rug Bless the Freedom of Information Act FOIA and the authors for uncovering these truths.What it seems to boil down to is a failed strat...

  7. David says:

    Depressing but important investigative work on war crimes committed by US in the Viet Nam war, as well as the apparently cursory efforts to prosecute those crimes and extensive efforts to cover them up Lots of it involved review of documents obtained by FOIA, but she also did some interviewing of Army higher ups and went to Viet Nam and interviewed people there about what they had witnessed.Besides the obvious point that people will do incredible acts in extreme situations, the other point that came through clearly was the pernicious effect of official emphasis on the body count as a metric for how we were doing in the war Enemy is elusive Can just kill civilians, say their weapons got lost, and secure a high body count Clearly most of the time the stakes are not as high as this, but you get what you count and reward seems to be a broadly applicable point If you give baseball players high salaries for hitting home runs and ignore defense, you get a team full of steroid addled sluggers If you judge and compensate teachers per standardized test scores, you get teaching to the test, test prep rallies, etc And if you judge army units by body counts, you get troops decapitating civilians.My rating of the book is a compromise Subject matter and investigative digging 5 stars Writing 1 star Not a graceful stylist in general, but my main...

  8. Joseph says:

    As far as itemizing the atrocities in superbly put together appendices that took place during the mostly latter half of the Vietnam War, Nelson does a great job I give the book three stars mainly because of the fact that she might have spent time going into detail as to what the war crimes did to veterans and how they impacted morale and operations In her defense, Ms Nelson is an investigative journalist and her ability to track responsible parties down is admirable However, not too many of those who were in command at the time of the war would be willing to fess up to atrocities save for a few ...

  9. Nick says:

    Nelson reports succinctly on military investigations into atrocities war crimes committed by U.S troops in Vietnam and then reports on a set of follow up interviews with the accused, the accusers, the investigators, and the higher ups The picture is not pretty, and some contemporary proper nouns keep cropping up Abu Ghraib, Iraq What saves this book from being a total downer is the honorable folks who spoke out then, and again, there is a sense that we must honor them and their lineal...

  10. Thảo says:

    Cu n s ch cung c p c h th ng m t s l ng t ng i t li u m t v t i c chi n tranh c a qu n i M trong chi n tranh Vi t Nam, nh ng t li u m c th c ng khi n ch nh ng i VN khi c ph i b ng ho ng ch kh ng ch ng i M Deborah Nelson l m t ...