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Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam


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Scorched Earth is the first book to chronicle the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment, where, even today, more than 3 million people—including 500,000 children—are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure. Weaving first-person accounts with original research, Vietnam War scholar Fred A. Wilcox examines long-term consequences for future generations, laying bare the ongoing monumental tragedy in Vietnam, and calls for the United States government to finally admit its role in chemical warfare in Vietnam. Wilcox also warns readers that unless we stop poisoning our air, food, and water supplies, the cancer epidemic in the United States and other countries will only worsen, and he urgently demands the chemical manufacturers of Agent Orange to compensate the victims of their greed and to stop using the Earths rivers, lakes, and oceans as toxic waste dumps. Vietnam has chosen August 10—the day that the US began spraying Agent Orange on Vietnam—as Agent Orange Day, to commemorate all its citizens who were affected by the deadly chemical. Scorched Earth will be released upon the third anniversary of this day, in honor of all those whose families have suffered, and continue to suffer, from this tragedy.

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There has been much published on the effects of Agent Orange on US veterans of the Vietnam War. Wilcox (writing, Ithaca College), who is the author of a previous book telling that story, here considers the opposite side of the coin--how chemical warfare has affected the people in Vietnam living close to polluted sites. The story is told primarily through accounts of detailed conversations with Vietnamese veterans as well as American participants in the war effort. A chilling description is presented of how Dow Chemical chose to manufacture Agent Orange through a process that saved money yet increased the amount of dioxin present. A chapter summarizing legal actions is also presented. The book includes a selection of photographs of Vietnamese children with birth defects. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

FRED A. WILCOX has been a scholar on the Vietnam War for the past thirty years. He has published numerous articles and made several media appearances as a trusted authority on the war and its aftereffects. He teaches at Ithaca College. NOAM CHOMSKY is a world-renowned political activist, writer, and professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books with Seven Stories Press include 9-11 and Profit Over People.

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Wilcox, Fred A.
Seven Stories Press
Chomsky, Noam
Military - Vietnam War
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8.53 x 5.8 x 0.79 in 1 lb

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Asia » General
History and Social Science » Asia » Vietnam
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War
History and Social Science » Military » Weapons » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Human Rights
History and Social Science » World History » Southeast Asia

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