To What End: Report From Vietnam

To What End: Report From Vietnam

To What End: Report From Vietnam

"As a young man, Ward Just spent eighteen months in Vietnam as a correspondent for the Washington Post. The experience would earn him both a citation from the Overseas Press Club and a Combat Infantrym"

Amazon.com Review
This reportorial classic on the Vietnam War, rereleased on the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, is a concise and atmospheric account of the war-torn country in 1966 and 1967. A writer for The Washington Post, Ward Just pumped out this slender volume in a few weeks following his journalistic tour of duty. Vietnam, he says in a new foreword, "was the war where you sympathized with your countrymen even as you doubted the wisdom of their actions, and the cause for which they fought (and the anti-war protestors were not much admired, either, at least by me)." To What End has no linear narrative; it is rather a series of loosely connected essays and anecdotes, full of dazzling insights. Just turns a comment on Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, into a sharp observation of Vietnamese culture:

The city held little of the symbolic value for the Vietnamese that Rome does for...

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