Synopses & Reviews
Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were "isolated incidents" in the Vietnam War, carried out by a few "bad apples." However, as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this pioneering investigation, violence against Vietnamese civilians was not at all exceptional. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to "kill anything that moves."
Drawing on a decade of research into secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals the policies and actions that resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. He lays out in shocking detail the workings of a military machine that made crimes all but inevitable.
Kill Anything That Moves finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts America to this day.
“Narrator Don Lee has a deep, resonant voice that works well with the book. He sounds authoritative without being overbearing, and his diction and pacing are impeccable.”
—AudioFile The Washington Post
“Narrator Don Lee does a good job with this vivid content.”
“A powerful case. . . . With superb narrative skill, he spotlights a troubling question: Why, with all the evidence collected by the military at the time of the war, were atrocities not prosecuted?”
Supported by classified documents and first-person interviews, this reexamination of American actions against Vietnamese civilians during the war suggests a dark, pervasive policy that belies the "isolated incidents" narrative used to explain away the most notorious of the atrocities.
About the Author
NICK TURSE, an award-winning journalist and historian, is the author of The Complex and the research director for the Nation Institute’s TomDispatch.com. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation. Turse’s investigations of US war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives near New York City.