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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Polish Deportees of World War II

    The Polish Deportees of World War II: Recollections of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World  Edited by Tadeusz Piotrowski. 256 pp. McFarland, 2008. $39.95.  They were awakened at two, three, or four in...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Desert Site That Was Barren, Desolate—and Just Right

    When Col. Paul Tibbets flew over Wendover Field in September 1944 in search of a remote, secure place where he could train the B-29 crews he handpicked to drop the atomic bomb, he looked down from thirty thousand feet and declared it...

  • World War II Magazine

    Babe in Arms

    War and life in Hitler’s Germany through the eyes of an eight-year-old. “You, my youth, are our nation’s most precious guarantee for a great future,” Hitler exhorted a crowd of 80,000 children assembled in Nuremberg on September...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: On Their Own

    On Their Own: Women Journalists and the American Experience in Vietnam by Joyce Hoffman. Da Capo Press, 2008, $27.50 Since the end of the Vietnam War, hundreds of books have been written in an attempt to examine, explain, define and even...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Colonial Good Life

    The Colonial Good Life: A Commentary on Andre Joyeux’s Vision of French Indochina translated, introduced and annotated by Michael G. Vann and Joel Montague. White Lotus Press, 2008. French artist Andre Joyeux served as an art teacher in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Bill Mauldin

    Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front by Todd DePastino. Norton, 2008, $27.95. Willie and Joe brought the life of GIs in the foxholes of World War II to millions of Americans in a way no flesh and blood reality could. This was the reality of war,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My Lai: Where Were The Leaders?

    Had one strong leader stepped up, the atrocity that so stained America could have been averted. It has been more than four decades since that morning in 1968, and yet Army officers, almost to a man, still ask themselves how the My Lai...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The Vietnam Rollers Play Ball

    As their country teetered on chaos and collapse, a group of Vietnamese teenagers embraced an all-American game for a season to remember. The Vietnamese youth grasped something tightly in his hand as he sprinted past us, arms and legs...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Vietnam Posters

    Vietnam Posters: The David Heather Collection by David Heather and Sherry Buchanan, Prestel, 2009 When rebellion, revolution and war grip a society, the reverberations reach into every corner of the culture, including the world of art and...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- August 2009

    Icons and their makers The lasting influence of the Vietnam War cannot be overstated. It remains a touchstone not only for those who fought it and lived through it, but for the generations that have followed. The American experience in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Troubled Water

    Troubled Water: Race Mutiny and Bravery on the USS Kitty Hawk by Gregory A. Freeman, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 In 2009, it is sometimes hard to remember and reconcile that four decades ago American society was in the grips of social tumult,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Duty and Honor: Escorting a Friend

    My orders were to be ‘military escort of a deceased soldier,’ but this soldier was my best friend. As I strode up the steps and through the door of Building Number 4, I was stopped cold in my tracks at the sight before me. In the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    McNamara and Me

    My encounter with the master of deceit and deception epitomizes the true legacy of Robert Strange McNamara. Just before 9 on the night of January 6, 2004, I was waiting in the lobby of a Washington, D.C., movie theater for what had been...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The Backstory of Vietnam’s Pulitzers

    A veteran photo editor and critic delves into the stories—and the men—behind the greatest photographs from the war. Guerrilla war in Vietnam was frustrating. The fighting was every- where and nowhere—and it was photographed like no...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- December 2009

    Cronkite, McNamara, truth and integrity Two 20th-century giants left the stage this past July less than two weeks apart. Born just five months apart in 1916, their long lives tracked the exact same history, buffeted by the same events....

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Ride With the Devil

    Ride With the Devil (1999) Directed by Ang Lee It may seem curious that director Ang Lee would follow up his critically acclaimed movie The Ice Storm, an exposé of middle-class suburban social dysfunction, with a morally complex...