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Armed With Abundance: Consumerism & Soldiering in the Vietnam War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publication date November 28, 2011
Pages 295
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807834817
ISBN-10 0807834815
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.32 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $40.00
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Popular representations of the Vietnam War tend to emphasize violence, deprivation, and trauma. By contrast, in Armed with Abundance, Meredith Lair focuses on the noncombat experiences of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, redrawing the landscape of the war so that swimming pools, ice cream, visits from celebrities, and other "comforts" share the frame with combat.

To address a tenuous morale situation, military authorities, Lair reveals, wielded abundance to insulate soldiers--and, by extension, the American public--from boredom and deprivation, making the project of war perhaps easier and certainly more palatable. The result was dozens of overbuilt bases in South Vietnam that grew more elaborate as the war dragged on. Relying on memoirs, military documents, and G.I. newspapers, Lair finds that consumption and satiety, rather than privation and sacrifice, defined most soldiers' Vietnam deployments. Abundance quarantined the U.S. occupation force from the impoverished people it ostensibly had come to liberate, undermining efforts to win Vietnamese "hearts and minds" and burdening veterans with disappointment that their wartime service did not measure up to public expectations. With an epilogue that finds a similar paradigm at work in Iraq, Armed with Abundance offers a unique and provocative perspective on modern American warfare.



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from Univ of North Carolina Pr (November 28, 2011)
9780807834817 | details & prices | 295 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.32 lbs | List price $40.00
About: Popular representations of the Vietnam War tend to emphasize violence, deprivation, and trauma.
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from Univ of North Carolina Pr (August 1, 2014)
9781469619033 | details & prices | 295 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.02 lbs | List price $29.95
With Clayton Bruce D. | 12th sg edition from Mosby Inc (July 1, 2000); titled "Basic Pharmacology for Nuses"
9780323009775 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $19.95
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