The lessons and legacies of Vietnam in 1968, the year the war turned, are many. What endures above all, however, is a sense of tragedy, the bewilderment of a people who cannot understand to this day what they did wrong.
Andrew Rotter is Charles A. Dana Professor of History at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1988. He has written widely on U.S.-Asia relations in the 20th century. His book Empires of the Senses will be published 2019 by Oxford University Press.
Posts by Andrew Rotter
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.