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Finding Harmony Amidst Discord: 'The Mountains Sing'

A Vietnamese family's song resounds over the effects of decades of tumult in Nguyen Phan Que Mai's excellent novel, The Mountains Sing.

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Methodical Dehumanization: 'Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam'

We all know the common adage that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. After reading this book, I wonder if the American government has learned anything from Vietnam.

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Truth is Fiction: The Work of Haskell Wexler, Part 1

Haskell Wexler helped popularize the use of hand-held cameras and natural lighting in Hollywood features. However, like all forms of art, the truth behind these techniques became just another method of illusion.

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Chasing the Ghost of Graham Greene in Contemporary Vietnam

My suite had a balcony overlooking the square and the Municipal Theatre. The hotel has a central open courtyard for breakfast dining. Wrought iron chairs. Glass-topped tables with bamboo place mats. A small fountain. Lacy white spheres hanging from spindly branches. It was easy to imagine Greene at work here, too, under the trees.

Matthew Asprey
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Where the Wind Blew by Bob Sommer

This book seems to imply that a wartime zeitgeist can absolve us of our own mistakes, or at least render them understandable.

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Various Artists: Ethnic Minority Music of North Vietnam

The music of people who know that they will never be asked to face huge audiences and rarely required to sing to anyone other than themselves and their friends.

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The Changing Face of War by Martin Van Creveld

Van Creveld shows that all the U.S. military's technological prowess hasn't helped much in the current war, and in fact often helps distance its soldiers from the conflict they should be waging.

Chris Barsanti
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