“I found myself tearing up, gagging at times, as I turned the pages.”
This generally isn’t what you like to read to begin a review of your book. But I couldn’t be happier, more humbled, or more moved with the review of Kill Anything That Moves by wartime aid worker-turned-reporter Tom Fox in America magazine. The piece is personal and poignant and concludes: “Kill Anything That Moves should become mandatory reading in all U.S. history classes and in classrooms where warfare is taught. But can we face the dark side of our military policies? Can we, as a nation, learn from the past? I am not optimistic. Reading this book and then passing it along could possibly pave the way. We owe this much to the ghosts of wars past and those to come.”
For those of you in and around New York City, I’ll be giving a reading and signing copies of my New York Times bestseller Kill Anything that Moves at 192 Books in Chelsea (at 192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street) on March 27th at 7pm. For more information, call 212-255-4022 or click here.
For half a century we have been arguing about “the Vietnam War.” Is it possible that we didn’t know what we were talking about? After all that has been written (some 30,000 books and counting), it scarcely seems possible, but such, it turns out, has literally been the case.
Now, in Kill Anything that Moves, Nick Turse has for the first time put together a comprehensive picture, written with mastery and dignity, of what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam. The findings disclose an almost unspeakable truth. Meticulously piecing together newly released classified information, court-martial records, Pentagon reports, and firsthand interviews in Vietnam and the United States, as well as contemporaneous press accounts and secondary literature, Turse discovers that episodes of devastation, murder, massacre, rape, and torture once considered isolated atrocities were in fact the norm, adding up to a continuous stream of atrocity, unfolding, year after year, throughout that country.
As Nick Turse
has made clear, the Vietnam War was much worse than expected – partly because of the astonishing resolve of America’s enemies, but mainly because of the ignorance and the brute ruthlessness that beat in the heart of America’s war machine. Kill Anything That Moves
should be required reading in every school, military academy and governmental office in the land. Not that it will stop us from blundering into the next war.
Bill Morris, “Why Are We Still Reading About Vietnam? Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse.” (via millionsmillions)
This is the review you dare not dream about because you imagine it could never happen. To be mentioned with the likes of Neil Sheehan, David Halberstam, Seymour Hersh, Jonathan Schell, Frances FitzGerald, Michael Herr, Philip Caputo, Bobbie Ann Mason, Robert Stone, Jayne Anne Phillips, Tim O’Brien, Ward Just, and, Graham Greene!?! I’m speechless.
I’m very grateful (and a little shocked) that Parade magazine made Kill Anything that Moves a “Parade Pick.” They call it “explosive… a painful yet compelling look at the horrors of war.” Meanwhile, Vanity Fair has a similar assessment: “explosive, groundbreaking reporting [that] uncovers the horrifying truth.” Even the New York Post, of all places, included it in its “Required Reading” column. I’m amazed.
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