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Author Lair, Meredith H.

Title Armed with abundance : consumerism and soldiering in the Vietnam War / Meredith H. Lair
Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 314 pages)
Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Contents A war refined : reframing the narrative of the Vietnam War -- Same side, different wars: grunts and REMFs in Vietnam -- This place just isn't John Wayne: U.S. military bases in Vietnam -- Total war on boredom: the U.S. military's recreation program in Vietnam -- The things they bought: G.I. consumerism in Vietnam -- War zone wonderland: the strange world of "the Nam" -- From Vietnam to Iraq: reimagining the American way of war
Summary In this ms., Meredith Lair seeks to recalibrate the way Americans think about their wars by addressing non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam. Though only one in four Vietnam veterans served in combat--and likely even fewer--both popular representations and scholarly treatments of the war focus on combat and its after-effects, erasing comfort, recreation, and fun from the picture. In this ms, Lair instead paints a provocative picture of the Vietnam War in which beauty and ice cream take precedence over the bullets, as they often did for Americans who served there. Lair uncovers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject United States. Army -- History -- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 20th century.
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Lifestyles -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Soldiers -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Social aspects.
United States -- Moral conditions -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011022140
ISBN 080786918X
1469602520 (electronic bk.)
9781469602523 (electronic bk.)