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An essay on my thoughts about the upcoming Ken Burns documentary.
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“Vietquake” was quite interesting. It made me think of other similarities, one of which was the 1968 presidential election versus the 2016 presidential election. Hubert Humphrey should have won the 1968 election, but he underestimated the anti-war issues of the youth supported by Eugene McCarthy. Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 election, but she underestimated the affordable college issues of the Millennials supported by Bernie Sanders.
Also, I just finished your book “Rumor of War.” My husband had recently told me that he had been in Da Nang, Vietnam in the mid-1960’s during his service in the US Army. He was only there for a week, and it wasn’t for combat, but this piqued my interest in learning more about the Vietnam War. I can see why your book is considered a classic. I feel like I now understand what combat was like for the men who served in Vietnam. Looking forward to Ken Burn’s documentary “The Vietnam War.”
Well, you make me want to get all your stuff back out and read it again. I only read the sword-to-pen piece – couldn’t find the other one – but absorbed me totally. The purpose of knowledge is to guide action, and to write about one’s personal war is to give knowledge to guide action, even if it shows the writer in a bad light. Jordan Peterson said that a human being is a chimpanzee full of snakes, a loosely organized set of semi-autonymous entities subsumed – hopefully – by an over-arching hierarchy of values. Your essay amplifies that idea.
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