The Vietnam War on Trial : The My Lai Massacre and Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

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The Vietnam War on Trial : The My Lai Massacre and Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 272 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780700612123
  • DDC分類 343.730143

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The military trial of William Calley for his role in the slaughter of 500 or more Vietnamese civilians at My Lai shocked a nation already sharply divided over a controversial war. This work is a retelling of the My Lai story through the prism of the law. One of the most highly publicized trials of its day, the Calley case emerged at a time when protests against the war were growing larger. Well aware of this, the Nixon administration sought to downplay the My Lai incident, which military officers in Vietnam had tried to cover up in order to protect their own careers and reputations. The investigations of Ron Ridenhour and Seymour Hersh revealed the full extent of the My Lai tragedy, further inflamed the anti-war movement, and brought to trial Lieutenant William Calley. Unfolding the Calley, this work shows how the system of military justice actually works. It shows how a court-martial conducted within the public eye transformed a purely legal proceeding into a political debate about the conduct of the war. The text portrays Calley as both criminal and victim - guilty of the crimes of which he stood accused, but also an unintended scapegoat of the American military machine.

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface                                   ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1 (5)
Going to Hell 6 (17)
Lieutenant Calley 23 (14)
Charlie Company's War 37 (22)
Massacre at My Lai (4) 59 (20)
Cover-Up 79 (19)
Charged with Murder 98 (19)
Reaction 117 (27)
Court-Martialed 144 (24)
Defenseless 168 (23)
An Unlikely Hero 191 (25)
``Others That Participated...or Condoned the 216 (19)
Bloody Act''
``Hasn't He Suffered Enough?'' 235 (22)
Chronology 257 (12)
Bibliographical Essay 269 (14)
Index 283