Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Vietnam War documentary

A thought on the Burns/Novick documentary (which, like many others of my generation, I'm having a hard time getting through):

The CIA had long tried to convince the White House that the VC/NVA not only had far more troops committed in the field than LBJ, McNamara and Westmoreland wanted to believe, but also possessed the will and staying power to see it through. In his 1978 book, “Sub Rosa: The CIA and the Uses of Intelligence,” Peer DeSilva, a frustrated former CIA chief-of-station in South Vietnam, succinctly describes LBJ and his minions, in light of their doomed course of action, as having been "arrogant, prideful, and dumb."

On a somewhat related, one of the tragic absurdities I came across while researching “The Long Goodbye” was that McNamara had grown up in Oakland, CA, about a 15-minute walk from Tom Mahoney’s family home, and died on July 6, 2009 at the age of ninety-three—exactly forty-one years TO THE DAY that 20-year-old Tommy Mahoney fell on Hill 881 South. The fact that Mr. McNamara’s cynical and self-serving policy to keep his misgivings about the war hidden and continue escalating the effort earned him 73 years more of life than his neighbor Tommy—and thousands of other 20-year-old boys—is a disgraceful epilogue to this national tragedy.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I will be interviewed about my life, my writing and thoughts on the Burns/Novick  PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” on  All Marine Radio  tomorrow morning September 21, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (It will also be available later for podcast).

Hope you can tune in. http://allmarineradio.com/

Friday, September 1, 2017

Great news! The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited has been selected as today’s Amazon Kindle Deal of the Day for North America in the Biographies & Memoirs category. When A Patch of Ground was picked a few years back, it sold 3,300 copies in a single day. Hoping this new book gets that same level of exposure.    

Always Faithful

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the death of Lance Corporal Thomas P. Mahoney III due to hostile fire on Hill 881 South near Khe Sanh ...