No Lessons Learned
The book analyses events and episodes of the Vietnam war that were witnessed or experienced by men and women in the field. It draws on a wide variety of accounts from all ranks of soldiers, officers, platoon leaders, regular privates, medics, nurses, and journalists. Collectively the testimonies synthesize the various thoughts and feelings of combatants and non-combatants into a comprehensive picture of what it meant to fight and often die in Vietnam. From that war of fifty years ago, it carries the reader into the wars waged in the Middle East that only recently ended with similar accounts of actions and events that have repeated the waste that was Vietnam.
The book delves into the human physical and psychological cost of war and implicitly makes the case for diplomacy over force, restraint, and modesty over hubris. It establishes the importance of cause to the combatant's ability to fight winningly and to remain psychologically sound in battle and afterward.
Vietnam: The Fighting, The Dying, A Legacy Replayed
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Alfredo Bonadeo was born in Volpedo, Italy. He emigrated to the United States in 1952 where he first took an MBA and later a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1969, he married Barbara Bates, and together they settled in Santa Barbara where he was Professor of Italian Language and Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1969-1995). He died in 2011. He has published: Corruption, Conflict, and Power in the Works and Times of Niccolò Machiavelli; DʼAnnunzio and the Great War; Mark of the Beast: Death and Degradation in the Literature of the Great War; Martial Valor from Beowulf to Vietnam