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Another Screeching Diatribe

1out of 5

by WmTN on September 11, 2008

Halberstam was a professional iconoclast. His views on politics and war run from the naieve to the rediculous. If one compares this book with, say, Palmer's "summons of the Trumpet," one would wonder whether the two books were about the same war. At one point in a later book Halberstam tell his readers that there were (are) two kinds of communisim, the bad old Stalinist version and the pure aggrarian reformers, as in VietNam and North Korea. He apparently does not know of Kruschev's "wars of nantional liberation" that provided the fig leaf for massive Soviet aid to North VietNam.
Lots of passion, little of History.
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