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Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War


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Hundreds of memoirs, novels, plays, and movies have been devoted to the American war in Vietnam. In spite of the great variety of media, political perspectives and the degrees of seriousness with which the war has been treated, Katherine Kinney argues that the vast majority of these works share a single story: that of Americans killing Americans in Vietnam. Friendly Fire, in this instance, refers not merely to a tragic error of war, it also refers to America's war with itself during the Vietnam years. Starting from this point, this book considers the concept of "friendly fire" from multiple vantage points, and portrays the Vietnam age as a crucible where America's cohesive image of itself is shattered--pitting soldiers against superiors, doves against hawks, feminism against patriarchy, racial fear against racial tolerance. Through the use of extensive evidence from the film and popular fiction of Vietnam (e.g. Kovic's Born on the Fourth of July, Didion's Democracy, O'Brien's Going After Cacciato, Rabe's Sticks and Bones and Streamers), Kinney draws a powerful picture of a nation politically, culturally, and socially divided, and a war that has been memorialized as a contested site of art, media, politics, and ideology.

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samuellevykahn, January 28, 2008 (view all comments by samuellevykahn)
Ha, ha, ha, "imucrstudent," that's pretty funny. Who is you, Bobby Fischer or something?

I think I know an imposter when I smell one, and you aren't even close!

Katherine Kinney (who I doubt has a "k" in her middle name-i mean come on! people) is like... so totally respected in the department (I mean, THE department, like in... the UCR English department, OK people?) it just even isnt' funny.

So it's like... yeah, hah, hah... ridicule and mock her, or whatever.

Maybe your like even anti-semmitic or somthing; it wouldnt' surprise me; I know your type. Yeah, I know, you like--- hate Bush so much but has no better idea about keeping Isreal same from anti-Semreolies.

Which kind of gets to the point of Katherrine Kinneys book... on my reading, its' why reifiy and heteronormify the entire experience of Vietnam, from a minority discourse perpective (as Martin Lutther king would say) when this here war didn't even help the Jews are nothing. I meen, come on people... indro China is like... nowhere NEAR isreal. All that time we coulda been wasting Arabs, and instead just hanged around Vietnam.

So this here book of Katherine Kinneys' is like... a powerful indightment of Americas' failure to fight for Israel and instead fithging for Vietnam, or something like that.


Samuel Levy Kahn, PHD';s
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imucrstudent, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by imucrstudent)
This hear book is one of the best I ever read!!!

And its like... probably one of the best ever written by Katherine K. Kinney!

Having taken graduate semminars with Katherine Kinney at UCR, I can easily say that she looks real good. She really looks like a proffesor and she can talk real fast. I don't always understand when she uses big words like "reiffication" and "heteronormativity" but that's because, well we can't all be IV League PhDees!

I recommend this book to all children ages 18 through 19.

And I give it 5 stars@!!!
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Kinney, Katherine
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Katherine
Oxford, England
American - General
Military - Vietnam War
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
American literature
Literature/English | American Literature | 20th C
War stories, American
National characteristics, American, in litera
American literature -- 20th century.
Literary Criticism : General
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1 C
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College/higher education:
4 halftones
9.20x6.07x.60 in. .70 lbs.

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