A seasoned journalist uncovers a secret archive of hundreds of war crime investigations, tracks down the people involved, and emerges with a disturbing and revelatory story of what really happened in Vietnam.
Nelson, who wrote a series on war crimes with a military historian when she was at The Los Angeles Times, is a diligent, passionate reporter…this is an important book. Nelson demonstrates that cover-ups happen in plain sight and that looking for an exclusive can blind reporters to the real story. She also points out that these crimes are endemic to counterinsurgency operations. When troops fight among a civilian population, in conflicts that extend for years, atrocities are almost bound to happen.