Heroes

A Chronicle of an Army Personnel Fixer

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills They’ve often claimed that Economics is the dreariest science, but for men in uniform you’d have to go some to match the drudgery of pouring over miles and miles of pages and pages of personnel files?and the rules and regs that define them. In the [Read More]

Vietnam War
War

More thoughts about Ken Burns’ documentary about the Vietnam War

Discounting the bias built into Ken Burns’ Vietnam War documentary, it provides food for thought about the politics of war, hubris, and 20/20 hindsight. Following Mr. Bookworm’s return from a business trip, we resumed watching Ken Burns’ documentary about the Vietnam War. We just finished Episode 4, which ends right [Read More]

World

A few thoughts about the Vietnam war

On behalf of Bookworm, I’m re-posting Bookie’s journal of her latest travels.? Enjoy!   By Bookworm We spent two days in Hue, Vietnam. Looking at this peaceful city, it’s hard to believe that it was the site if the Tet Offensive — a place where our troops won the battle [Read More]

World

Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City)

On behalf of Bookworm, I’m re-posting Bookie’s journal of her latest travels.? Enjoy!   By Bookworm Dead tired so just a few impressions: Hot and steamy, but delightfully unpolluted air compared to Beijing. Lush greenery and gorgeous lights to celebrates the holidays. Death walks at your side every time you [Read More]

Hollywood

When Ingrid Bergman Rebelled Against Ingrid Bergman

by Robert J. Avrech So powerful are Hollywood movies as propaganda that America has never achieved victory in war without Hollywood’s support. When Hollywood turns against America at war, defeat is assured. Witness Vietnam, the first casualty of Hollywood’s ideological wrath. The Jane Fonda, Jon Voight vehicle “Coming Home” (1978) [Read More]