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By Meredith H. Lair

ISBN-10: 0807834815

ISBN-13: 9780807834817

ISBN-10: 1469619032

ISBN-13: 9781469619033

renowned representations of the Vietnam struggle are likely to emphasize violence, deprivation, and trauma. in contrast, in Armed with Abundance, Meredith Lair makes a speciality of the noncombat reports of U.S. squaddies in Vietnam, redrawing the panorama of the struggle in order that pools, ice cream, visits from celebrities, and different "comforts" percentage the body with combat.

To deal with a tenuous morale scenario, army gurus, Lair unearths, wielded abundance to insulate soldiers--and, by means of extension, the yank public--from boredom and deprivation, making the undertaking of struggle maybe more straightforward and positively extra palatable. the end result used to be dozens of overbuilt bases in South Vietnam that grew extra tricky because the conflict dragged on. counting on memoirs, army records, and G.I. newspapers, Lair reveals that intake and satiety, instead of privation and sacrifice, outlined so much infantrymen' Vietnam deployments. Abundance quarantined the U.S. career strength from the impoverished humans it ostensibly had come to free up, undermining efforts to win Vietnamese "hearts and minds" and burdening veterans with sadness that their wartime provider didn't degree as much as public expectancies. With an epilogue that unearths an identical paradigm at paintings in Iraq, Armed with Abundance deals a distinct and provocative standpoint on smooth American warfare.

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