Vietnam

Vietnam Hailed as the most provocative and disturbing analytical indictment of America s role in Vietnam by the New York Times this is Mary McCarthy s riveting account of her journeys to Saigon and Hanoi In

  • Title: Vietnam
  • Author: Mary McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780151936335
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hailed as the most provocative and disturbing analytical indictment of America s role in Vietnam by the New York Times, this is Mary McCarthy s riveting account of her journeys to Saigon and Hanoi In 1967, the editor of the New York Review of Books sent Mary McCarthy to Vietnam In this daring and incisive account, McCarthy brings her critical thinking and noHailed as the most provocative and disturbing analytical indictment of America s role in Vietnam by the New York Times, this is Mary McCarthy s riveting account of her journeys to Saigon and Hanoi In 1967, the editor of the New York Review of Books sent Mary McCarthy to Vietnam In this daring and incisive account, McCarthy brings her critical thinking and novelist s eye to one of the most unpopular wars in our nation s history.Outraged over America s role in the Vietnam War, McCarthy arrived in Saigon with her own preconceived notions Her time there did little to alter those beliefs Focusing on the moral consequences the worst thing that could happen to our country would be to win this war McCarthy provides firsthand reports from the front line She describes visits to villages built for Vietnamese refugees torn between the terror that Americans would stay and the fear that they would go.From its coverage of the daily horrors of war to notes on the logistical challenge of bringing 494,000 soldiers home, this is a timely and timeless work from one of America s most outspoken and respected critics.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author s estate.

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    About " Mary McCarthy "

  • Mary McCarthy

    Mary McCarthy 1912 1989 was an American literary critic and author of than two dozen books including the 1963 New York Times bestseller The Group Born in Seattle, McCarthy studied at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and graduated in 1933 After moving to New York City, McCarthy became known for her incisive writing as a contributor to publications such as the Nation, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books Her debut novel, The Company She Keeps 1942 , initiated her ascent to become one of the most celebrated writers of her generation, a reputation bolstered by the publication of her autobiography Memories of a Catholic Girlhood in 1957, as well as that of her now classic novel The Group.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.enpedia wiki Mary_McC

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  • Vietnam by Mary McCarthy is an interesting look at the Vietnam War at its height. I was expecting an all out attack on the war, but instead, I received something very different. There is no doubt McCarthy is against the war. She is very clear on the subject. McCarthy attacks the government's bureaucrats, but strangely holds a soft spot for the men, or boys as she calls them, who are fighting the war. She dealt with a number of Marines in country and was taken back by their honesty. When she aske [...]


  • Vietnam , an impassioned journalistic effort by Mary McCarthy originally published during the US war against Vietnamese freedom fighters, is a once-stirring piece of research that, while worthwhile as a period piece or for specific types of historical research, is in general terms too dated to be of great interest to most readers. Instead, it speaks to the innocence and disbelief Americans with no axe to grind in Southeast Asia felt when they came to grips with the actual facts regarding the war [...]


  • This is a book that once again has me split. It is clearly a damning indictment of the US in Vietnam, but is written in a style that is tiresome to read.Written during the mid-late 60s the essays that McCarthy presents predates the commonly perceived view of the war, specifically the war as it played out, both in country and on the international stage, following the Tet Offensive. McCarthy shows the hypocritical behavior of the US government in in its practice of fighting a "dirty" war, all well [...]


  • Fascinating contemporary account of the war. The first chapters sound (mock?) neutral, simply showing how little sense the war made to anyone, really. In the end McCarthy comes out with a keen critique. As always, she writes beautifully--like this: 'The attempt on part of the Americans and their local star pupils to turn this into a war of ideas is something to make the angels, if there are any, dry their tears and laugh'.


  • In 1967, the New York Review of books took the government up on its offer of media tours of Vietnam for writers of national stature (in many cases, McCarthy is writing in rebuttal to the earlier trip by John Steinbeck) and sent Mary McCarthy. This account is a detailed and ultimately borne-out critique of nation building and the bubble of the massive military establishment in Saigon, with its imported American food and behavior.



  • This is a set of four essays written by Mary McCarthy to summarize a month long visit to this country. I arrived in 1970, a fresh faced young second lieutenant, fulfilling the obligation I felt as a patriotic American. Although I wondered about the language teachers recruited from Paris(Vietnamese nationals)who were busy making good money teaching us the rudiments: why weren't they in their home country providing leadership and stability in support of their government and people? (They would, on [...]


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