By Meredith H. Lair

well known representations of the Vietnam battle are likely to emphasize violence, deprivation, and trauma. against this, in Armed with Abundance, Meredith Lair makes a speciality of the noncombat stories of U.S. squaddies in Vietnam, redrawing the panorama of the struggle in order that pools, ice cream, visits from celebrities, and different "comforts" percentage the body with combat.

To deal with a tenuous morale scenario, army specialists, Lair finds, wielded abundance to insulate soldiers--and, by way of extension, the yank public--from boredom and deprivation, making the undertaking of warfare might be more straightforward and positively extra palatable. the end result used to be dozens of overbuilt bases in South Vietnam that grew extra complicated because the struggle dragged on. hoping on memoirs, army files, and G.I. newspapers, Lair reveals that intake and satiety, instead of privation and sacrifice, outlined such a lot squaddies' Vietnam deployments. Abundance quarantined the U.S. career strength from the impoverished humans it ostensibly had come to free up, undermining efforts to win Vietnamese "hearts and minds" and burdening veterans with sadness that their wartime provider didn't degree as much as public expectancies. With an epilogue that unearths the same paradigm at paintings in Iraq, Armed with Abundance deals a different and provocative standpoint on sleek American warfare.

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