The massacre at My Lai on March 16, 1968 continues to haunt students of the Vietnam War as a moment that challenges notions of American virtue. James Olson and Randy Roberts have combed unpublished testimony and gather a collection of eyewitness accounts from those who were at My Lai and reports from those who investigated the incident and its cover-up.
Introduces students and general readers to the most controversial event of the Vietnam War, the My Lai massacre, in which some 400 civilians were killed by American soldiers in 1968. An overview examines the massacre and the attempted cover-up and discusses the ramifications that the ensuing investigation had for the public, policymakers, and the antiwar movement. Eight topical chapters reprint 68 primary documents, drawn mainly from testimony and reports of General Peers' inquiry, to chronicle events leading up to, during, and after the massacre. Includes b&w photos, a glossary, a chronology, and discussion questions. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.