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How the startling image of an anti-war protested spitting on a uniformed veteran misrepresented the narrative of Vietnam War political debateOne of the most resilient images of the Vietnam era is that of the anti-war protester ― often a woman ― spitting on the uniformed veteran just off the plane. The lingering potency of this icon was evident during the Gulf War, when war supporters invoked it to discredit their opposition. In this startling book, Jerry Lembcke demonstrates that not a single incident of this sort has been convincingly documented. Rather, the anti-war Left saw in veterans a natural ally, and the relationship between anti-war forces and most veterans was defined by mutual support. Indeed one soldier wrote angrily to Vice President Spiro Agnew that the only Americans who seemed concerned about the soldier's welfare were the anti-war activists. While the veterans were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable about their service, this sense of unease was, Lembcke argues, more often rooted in the political practices of the Right. Tracing a range of conflicts in the twentieth century, the book illustrates how regimes engaged in unpopular conflicts often vilify their domestic opponents for "stabbing the boys in the back." Concluding with an account of the powerful role played by Hollywood in cementing the myth of the betrayed veteran through such films as Coming Home, Taxi Driver, and Rambo, Jerry Lembcke's book stands as one of the most important, original, and controversial works of cultural history in recent years.

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Clara Corbyn
This book left me speechless and in awe of the author's storytelling ability. The characters felt so real, and their journeys were heartfelt and inspiring. The vivid descriptions transported me to the story's setting, and the plot twists were brilliantly executed. A truly remarkable book that will have a lasting place in my heart.
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This book was a masterpiece of storytelling. The richly developed world, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes made it an extraordinary read. The emotional highs and lows had me enthralled, and I felt like I was living alongside the characters. It's a story that will stay with me, inspiring my own creative aspirations.
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Valda Anderson
Reading this book was a deeply moving and transformative experience. The author's evocative writing transported me to a place where I felt every emotion alongside the characters. The themes of resilience, courage, and self-discovery struck a chord in my heart. This book is a true gem that I'll treasure forever.

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