American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Hardcover)
"Few people understand the centrality of the Vietnam War to our situation as much as Christian Appy."
The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam's place in America's self-image.
How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots, now examines the relationship between the war's realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy. Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences. Authoritative, insightful, sometimes surprising, and controversial, American Reckoning is a fascinating mix of political and cultural reporting that offers a completely fresh account of the meaning of the Vietnam War.
About the Author
CHRISTIAN G. APPY is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of two previous books on the Vietnam War. Patriots was a main selection of BOMC and won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. He lives in Amherst.