March 8, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the first official ground troops landing in Vietnam. Today it’s like a dark family secret, intentionally disappeared from popular memory. It was erased in part by President Reagan who invaded Grenada to restore American Pride. Today the only lesson the government learned from that war is to keep reporters away and to use drones instead of American “boys.” On this remarkable interview, Christian Appy, author of the just published American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity talks about the role of manliness and of the current near-worship of all things military. And what we still so desperately need to learn.

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