By Meredith H. Lair
To tackle a tenuous morale state of affairs, army professionals, Lair finds, wielded abundance to insulate soldiers--and, by way of extension, the yankee public--from boredom and deprivation, making the venture of struggle might be more straightforward and definitely extra palatable. the outcome used to be dozens of overbuilt bases in South Vietnam that grew extra intricate because the battle dragged on. hoping on memoirs, army files, and G.I. newspapers, Lair unearths that intake and satiety, instead of privation and sacrifice, outlined such a lot infantrymen' 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 unhappiness that their wartime carrier didn't degree as much as public expectancies. With an epilogue that reveals the same paradigm at paintings in Iraq, Armed with Abundance deals a special and provocative viewpoint on sleek American warfare.
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