Kill Anything That Moves, The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse; 2013; $30.00; 370 pages; Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-8050-8691-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 11/20-unfinished.
Why did I pick this up? I saw this on the shelf at Midland last weekend and picked it up. I am usually interested in books about our involvement in Vietnam, because I know many guys just older than me who served there, this is the war I grew up with.
What is the story? Nick Turse uncovered many documents that proves that the My Lai massacre was not an aberration but the normal mode of operations during the war.
Why didn’t I finish the book? I got halfway through the book and gave up. It made the point over and over that soldiers and marines were involved in all kinds of immoral behavior, most of it was standard operating procedure from the very top down. The author was highlighting each and every instance of the bad behavior. I didn’t want to continue to read the same thing again and again.
What is with the title of the review? I couldn’t take the continued repetition of the investigations, there didn’t seem to be any payoff to the repetition.