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By Meredith H. Lair

renowned 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 studies of U.S. squaddies in Vietnam, redrawing the panorama of the conflict in order that pools, ice cream, visits from celebrities, and different "comforts" percentage the body with combat.

To tackle a tenuous morale state of affairs, army experts, Lair finds, wielded abundance to insulate soldiers--and, through extension, the yank public--from boredom and deprivation, making the undertaking of conflict might be more straightforward and positively extra palatable. the outcome used to be dozens of overbuilt bases in South Vietnam that grew extra tricky because the struggle dragged on. counting on memoirs, army records, and G.I. newspapers, Lair reveals that intake and satiety, instead of privation and sacrifice, outlined such a lot infantrymen' Vietnam deployments. Abundance quarantined the U.S. profession strength from the impoverished humans it ostensibly had come to disencumber, 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 reveals an identical paradigm at paintings in Iraq, Armed with Abundance bargains a special and provocative standpoint on glossy American warfare.

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