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The real war : the classic reporting on the Vietnam War with a new essay
Schell, Jonathan, 1943-2014.
First Da Capo Press edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Da Capo Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
398 pages : maps ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1987.
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DS559.5 .S342 1988C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Jonathan Schell's extraordinary on-the-scene writing about Vietnam has stood the test of time in our continuing attempt to understand how and why the United States went to war--and how and why it lost. In "The Village of Ben Suc" written "with skill that many a veteran reporter will envy" ( New York Times ), Schell recounts how American forces destroyed a village caught up in the largest American military operation of the war--he flies into Ben Suc in the attack helicopters, follows the assault on the village, and describes the fate of the villages after they have been taken to refugee camps. In "Military Half," Schell describes the destruction of two entire provinces in South Vietnam by American bombing and ground operations--he flies in the air-control planes that guide the bombing and provides firsthand accounts of the runs and their results. In "Real War," Schell offers a personal look back at the war he reported decades before. The Real War is without equal in re-creating the sights, the sounds, and the feel of Vietnam.

Author Notes

Jonathan Schell was born in Manhattan, New York on August 21, 1943. He received a bachelor's degree in Far Eastern history from Harvard University and spent a year studying Japanese at the International Christian University in Tokyo. In 1967, while heading home from his year abroad in Japan, he stopped in Vietnam, where he witnessed Operation Cedar Falls, an aerial campaign designed to level Ben Suc, which was known as a Vietcong stronghold. This experience led to his first book The Village of Ben Suc.

His other non-fiction works include The Fate of the Earth, The Gift of Time: The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Now, The Unfinished Twentieth Century, The Unconquerable World, and The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker from 1967 to 1987. He also worked as a columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday and as a correspondent for The Nation. He taught at numerous universities including Yale, Princeton, Wesleyan, and N.Y.U. He died of cancer on March 25, 2014 at the age of 70.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Journalist Schell's personal experience has made him a trusted voice on the Vietnam War. This combo volume brings together the title piece along with The Village of Ben Suc and The Military Half. A solid title for public and academic libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

I The Real Warp. 1
II The Village of Ben Sucp. 57
III The Military Halfp. 189