Nick Turse
 “The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does the Westerner,” [U.S. commander, General William] Westmoreland famously said. “Life is plentiful, life is cheap in the Orient.”Having spoken to survivors of massacres by United States forces at Phi Phu, Trieu Ai, My Luoc and so many other hamlets, I can say with certainty that Westmoreland’s assessment was false.Decades after the conflict ended, villagers still mourn loved ones — spouses, parents, children — slain in horrific spasms of violence. They told me, too, about what it was like to live for years under American bombs, artillery shells and helicopter gunships; about what it was like to negotiate every aspect of their lives around the “American war,” as they call it; how the war transformed the most mundane tasks — getting water from a well or relieving oneself or working in the fields or gathering vegetables for a hungry family — into life-or-death decisions; about what it was like to live under United States policies that couldn’t have been more callous or contemptuous toward human life. 
Nick Turse, “For America, Life Was Cheap in Vietnam” - NYTimes.com

 “The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does the Westerner,” [U.S. commander, General William] Westmoreland famously said. “Life is plentiful, life is cheap in the Orient.”

Having spoken to survivors of massacres by United States forces at Phi Phu, Trieu Ai, My Luoc and so many other hamlets, I can say with certainty that Westmoreland’s assessment was false.

Decades after the conflict ended, villagers still mourn loved ones — spouses, parents, children — slain in horrific spasms of violence. They told me, too, about what it was like to live for years under American bombs, artillery shells and helicopter gunships; about what it was like to negotiate every aspect of their lives around the “American war,” as they call it; how the war transformed the most mundane tasks — getting water from a well or relieving oneself or working in the fields or gathering vegetables for a hungry family — into life-or-death decisions; about what it was like to live under United States policies that couldn’t have been more callous or contemptuous toward human life.

Nick Turse, “For America, Life Was Cheap in Vietnam” - NYTimes.com

For those in the Bay Area, I’ve got two appearances coming up.

On Monday, January 27 at 7:00 pm, I’ll be speaking about Kill Anything That Moves with Oscar Villalon, editor of ZZYZVA at the iconic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

The next night, January 28 at 7:30 pm, I’ll be having a conversation with Vietnam veteran and former POW Phillip Butler at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley.

Hope to see you at either or both. For more details:

http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=1985

and

http://www.kpfa.org/upcoming-kpfa-sponsored-events

The book tour rolls on.  This Friday, come on out to Brooklyn’s legendary Book Court to see me discuss Kill Anything That Moves (just out in paperback with a new afterword) with the whip-smart and always provocative Chase Madar (who reviewed the book for The American Conservative).

When: Friday, January 17th at 7:00PM

Where:  163 Court Street (between Pacific & Dean streets)
Brooklyn, USA

Details: http://bookcourt.com/events/nick-turse

The book tour rolls on.  This Friday, come on out to Brooklyn’s legendary Book Court to see me discuss Kill Anything That Moves (just out in paperback with a new afterword) with the whip-smart and always provocative Chase Madar (who reviewed the book for The American Conservative).
When: Friday, January 17th at 7:00PM
Where:  163 Court Street (between Pacific & Dean streets)Brooklyn, USA
Details: http://bookcourt.com/events/nick-turse

The book tour rolls on.  This Friday, come on out to Brooklyn’s legendary Book Court to see me discuss Kill Anything That Moves (just out in paperback with a new afterword) with the whip-smart and always provocative Chase Madar (who reviewed the book for The American Conservative).

When: Friday, January 17th at 7:00PM

Where:  163 Court Street (between Pacific & Dean streets)
Brooklyn, USA

Details: http://bookcourt.com/events/nick-turse

The AP reports: “Workers building a massive Samsung factory in Vietnam battled police and torched motorbikes on Thursday, in a rare outbreak of labor violence in the tightly controlled country. Eleven people were injured in the incident, which Samsung said occurred after a disagreement between workers and security guards over safety protocols at the site.”

Next up on the paperback book tour — I’m shipping up to Boston. Well, Cambridge actually. Come on out and see me at Harvard Book Store on January 13th at 7pm.

(via Nick Turse - Events - Harvard Book Store)

Thanks to the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the shout out about the paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves with a new afterward by yours truly…
(via New in paperback: Nick Turse’s ‘Kill Anything That Moves,’ John Rechy’s 50th-anniversary ‘City of Night’ and more | cleveland.com)

Thanks to the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the shout out about the paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves with a new afterward by yours truly…

(via New in paperback: Nick Turse’s ‘Kill Anything That Moves,’ John Rechy’s 50th-anniversary ‘City of Night’ and more | cleveland.com)

If you’re in Washington, D.C. on January 7th, come on out and see me at Politics and Prose Bookstore at 7pm for a talk, Q&A, and book signing for the new paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves.
Hope to see you there!
(via Nick Turse - Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam | Politics & Prose Bookstore)

If you’re in Washington, D.C. on January 7th, come on out and see me at Politics and Prose Bookstore at 7pm for a talk, Q&A, and book signing for the new paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves.

Hope to see you there!

(via Nick Turse - Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam | Politics & Prose Bookstore)

If you’re in Washington, D.C. on January 7th, come on out and see me at Politics and Prose Bookstore at 7pm for a talk, Q&A, and book signing for the new paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves.
Hope to see you there!
(via Nick Turse - Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam | Politics & Prose Bookstore)

If you’re in Washington, D.C. on January 7th, come on out and see me at Politics and Prose Bookstore at 7pm for a talk, Q&A, and book signing for the new paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves.

Hope to see you there!

(via Nick Turse - Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam | Politics & Prose Bookstore)

Thanks to NPR for the shout out about the paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves with a new afterward by yours truly…
(via New In Paperback: ‘A Tale For The Time Being,’ ‘Wave,’ ‘Kill Anything That Moves’ : NPR)

Thanks to NPR for the shout out about the paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves with a new afterward by yours truly…

(via New In Paperback: ‘A Tale For The Time Being,’ ‘Wave,’ ‘Kill Anything That Moves’ : NPR)