22 May '12, 1pm

See Stan Coerr's review of Sorley's "Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam"

Look my friend, any historical researcher knows that there are real problems with using post-account interviews as sources. Now to be sure the closer the interview is to the event the more accurate and credible the source is. For instance the reports compiled in the OR on the civil war that were usually done within weeks or months after a given battle are very worthwhile. Another example is the interviews done by army historians after the Normandy beach landings which were done only weeks after the assualt. In these interviews the memory is still tight because it is so close to the event. But memory of events decades after become clouded and contorted in many ways. It is not that they should not be used, they should. But an interview done 20 or thirty years after the event, espicially on such a controversial topic as the Vietnam war, should be mediated by the analyst along...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/westmoreland-the-general...

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