• Kill Anything That Moves

  • The Real American War in Vietnam
  • By: Nick Turse
  • Narrated by: Don Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were "isolated incidents" in the Vietnam War, carried out by a few "bad apples." However, as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this pioneering investigation, violence against Vietnamese civilians was not at all exceptional. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to "kill anything that moves."

Drawing on a decade of research into secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals the policies and actions that resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. He lays out in shocking detail the workings of a military machine that made crimes all but inevitable.

Kill Anything That Moves finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts America to this day.

©2013 Nick Turse. Recorded by arrangement with Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2013 HighBridge Company.
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Critic Reviews

"A powerful case.... With superb narrative skill, he spotlights a troubling question: Why, with all the evidence collected by the military at the time of the war, were atrocities not prosecuted?" ( Washington Post)
"A comprehensive picture, written with mastery and dignity, of what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam. A convincing, inescapable portrait of this war - a portrait that, as an American, you do not wish to see; that, having seen, you wish you could forget, but that you should not forget." ( The Nation)
"Nick Turse's explosive, groundbreaking reporting uncovers the horrifying truth." ( Vanity Fair)

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A book that shakes you to your core

Essential, gripping listening for those interested in US military/Cold war history. It was difficult for me to listen for more then 20 minutes at a time because the revelations were so gruesome, the described US policy incomprehensibly cruel, and the US military's failure to bring wrongdoers to justice maddening. This is an unforgettable book.

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Game-changer!

Difficult read at some points, as the author goes into detail when describing war crimes. However, it certainly held my attention, made my stomach turn and changed my perspective on the Vietnam Conflict. That's what a good book's supposed to do. Worth a read for sure!

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Disgraceful but factual account of Vietnam

As a guy who grew up in the sixties and joined the Army in the seventies, I thought I understood our history in Vietnam. Lt. William Calley of My Lai wasn't just a news story, his mother was my school nurse. Also, I study history as my primary topic of reading. Yet with that mindset I was as blind to the war crimes our own men routinely committed.

While the book was eye opening, the narration was horrid. As I've said I grew up with Vietnam on the news every night and you learned how to pronounce names of places like Da Nang which the narrator massacred. At first I was impressed with the pronunciation of the litany of Vietnamese names in the book but after hearing repeated bad city names I began to wonder. However it was a very English word the narrator should be able to pronounce if he intends on narrating a book about warfare. The word noncombatants was never pronounced properly. It was pronounced as "non com bet ants" instead of "non con bat ants". Anyone with middle school English ought to know the root word of noncombatants is combat.

Pronunciation wasn't the only problem. The narrator read about the brutal acts in th his book like he was reading the classified section of a newspaper. There was no emotion or intonation imparted to the text. This book contains atrocities that revival nearly the worst I can imagine, in fact only Hilter sounds worse. However I got the impression the reader was "phoning it in".

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Important but very difficult to listen to

This is one of the most viscerally wrenching books I've come across. Every minute seems to bring a new horror that probably won't leave me for a while. The only book I could compare it to would be Richard Evans' history "The Third Reich at War", with the caveat that many of the atrocities in this book were meticulously swept under the rug, with maddeningly few perpetrators brought to justice. What's maybe most shocking is that many of these atrocities were detailed in internal Pentagon documents.

It's an amazing act of restraint that Turse never uses the word 'genocide', but what's described in this book certainly fits the bill. Americans like myself would like to believe that acts of pure barbarism are caused by other people from less sophisticated places, but the unrelenting details of this book show how far from the truth that is. For that reason, I'd say this is one of the most important books on the Vietnam war I've come across.

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Don't waste your money on this book

The author sites items as facts endlessly that are incorrect, misleading or just made up.

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Not recommend ed

If I had known what was said in this one sided book I would never had picked it up and read it.I got halfway thru it and tossed it out

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I am sorry I bought this book.

Unbalanced and filled with faux outrage and a progressive anti-American agenda. Caveat emptor everyone.

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What most accounts of the war delete.

I have read well over 40 books on various aspects of the Vietnam War, most about units in battle and individuals. Sadly, I've come to realize, both from having served in uniform but also from countless Vets, that the real conduct of the war is not in print or spoken about. It's the fact that Kill Anything That Moves were not mere words, they did kill anything that moved. The horror, the anguish and sorrow borne upon a people -- the South Vietnamese themselves, by both their government and the government's allies, are impossible to conceive. All of my readings on the war downplay the reality. Everyone was lying. The Winter Soldiers were not lying to end the war. U.S. forces quickly realized that the elusive VC were hard to kill in large numbers. 80% of the engagements were initiated by them at a cost of American lives. And if an American dies, hell would be unleashed on a hapless population that in most areas didn't want any involvement. Run over like blades of grass by a lawn mower, with no reason, no purpose other than proximity, with absolutely no redemption, apology, remorse or concern. Now I take in awe the great lie. A lie that confirms the bitter argument -- what were we doing in Vietnam??? Truth is the 1st casualty in war. And a war that destroys the very thing you're trying to save is equivalent to moral self immolation. It's a lesson to argue against war, and war is usually the worst course of action. Finally, a "competent" is used to pronounce kom-bat-ent. Nick Turse's book is timeless. Many thanks for your extraordinary efforts. 🙏

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Should be required reading

Reading or listening to this book should be a prerequisite for obtaining a high school degree.

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fantastic

Tough at times, if this book tells the truth, it's awful.
I would highly recommend this.