Christian Appy

Christian Gerard Appy is a professor of History at the University of Massachusetts and the other of numerous books, including the just-published American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Viking) and Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
70 Years After Dropping Two Nuclear Bombs (Or How Patriotism Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry)
"Never, never waste a minute on regret. It's a waste of time." —President Harry Truman Here we are, 70 years after the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm wondering if we've come even one step closer to a moral reckoning with our status as the world's only country to use atomic...
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Monday, February 09, 2015
Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War
The 1960s -- that extraordinary decade -- is celebrating its 50th birthday one year at a time. Happy birthday, 1965! How, though, do you commemorate the Vietnam War, the era’s signature catastrophe? After all, our government prosecuted its brutal and indiscriminate war under false pretexts, long...
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Monday, March 31, 2014
In Memoriam: Jonathan Schell (1943-2014)
The Widening Lens Jonathan Schell and the Fate of the Earth By Tom Engelhardt
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Military Families May Once Again Lead Us Out of War: Casualties in the Heartland, 1968/2005
"You bet your goddamn dollar I'm bitter. It's people like us who give up our sons for the country," said a firefighter whose son was killed in action. "Let's face it: if you have a lot of money, or if you have the right connections, you don't end up on a firing line over there. I think we ought to win that war or pull out. What the hell else should we do -- sit and bleed ourselves to death, year after year?" His wife jumps in to add, "My husband and I can't help but thinking that our son gave his life for nothing, nothing at all."
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