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Kill Anything That Moves

Unabridged   8.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/21/2013

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Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622311897
Digital Download ISBN:9781622311903


Supported by classified documents and first-person interviews, this reexamination of American actions against Vietnamese civilians during the war suggests a dark, pervasive policy that belies the “isolated incidents” narrative used to explain away the most notorious of the atrocities.

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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.


“Narrator Don Lee has a deep, resonant voice that works well with the book. He sounds authoritative without being overbearing, and his diction and pacing are impeccable.”

“Narrator Don Lee does a good job with this vivid content.”
      —Library Journal

“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

“Explosive. . . . A painful yet compelling look at the horrors of war.”

“Astounding. . . . Meticulous, extraordinary, and oddly moving.”

“The truth hurts. This is an important book.”
      —Dayton Daily News

“Turse has framed his case with deeply researched, relentless authority. . . . There is no doubt in my mind that Kill Anything That Moves belongs on the very highest shelf of books on the Vietnam War.”
      —The Millions

“A staggering reminder that war has its gruesome subplots hidden underneath the headlines but they’re even sadder when our heroes create them.”

“No doubt some will charge Nick Turse with exaggeration or overstatement. Yet the evidence he has assembled is irrefutable. With the publication of Kill Anything That Moves, the claim that My Lai was a one-off event becomes utterly unsustainable.”
      —Andrew J. Bacevich, Colonel, US Army (Ret.), and author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War

“American patriots will appreciate Nick Turse’s meticulously documented book.”
      —James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers

“Obligatory reading for Americans, because its implications for the likely scale of atrocities and civilian casualties inflicted and covered up in our latest wars are inescapable and staggering.”
      —Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Author Bio

NICK TURSE, an award-winning journalist and historian, is the author of The Complex and the research director for the Nation Institute’s TomDispatch.com. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation. Turse’s investigations of US war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives near New York City.

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