Episode 2516 – War and redemption after Agent Orange

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Episode 2516 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about a review of the recently published book “The Long Reckoning: A Story of War, Peace, and Redemption in Vietnam” written by George Black. The review submitted by Brian Eyler appeared on the Nikkei Asia website in Tokyo, Japan and was titled: Books: War and redemption in Vietnam, 60 years after Agent Orange written by George Black.

George Black is a writer and journalist living in New York City. His work on politics, culture, and the environment has appeared in the New Yorker and many other publications, and often reflects his lifelong passion for mountains and rivers. On the Ganges is his seventh book.

Brian Eyler is the director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank. He is the chair of Stimson’s War Legacies Working Group.

The book is described as, the moving story of how a small group of people—including two Vietnam veterans—forced the U.S. government to take responsibility for the ongoing horrors—agent orange and unexploded munitions—inflicted on the Vietnamese.

The American war in Vietnam has left many long-lasting scars that have not yet been sufficiently examined. The worst of them were inflicted in a tiny area bounded by the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh Trail in neighboring Laos. That small region saw the most intense aerial bombing campaign in history, the massive use of toxic chemicals, and the heaviest casualties on both sides.

Eyler ended his review with this: Younger readers will inevitably be led to ponder how, when eventually the guns fall silent in Ukraine and other theaters of war — present and future — the suffering will continue. Through the noble efforts of his book’s many characters, Black shows all readers a path toward recovery and peace.

Listen to episode 2516 and discover more about a review of the recently published book “The Long Reckoning: A Story of War, Peace, and Redemption in Vietnam” by George Black.

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