Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
Nick Turse. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2013. 372 pp. Notes. Index. $30.00
Reviewed by Richard A. Ruth
Nick Turse’s Kill Anything that Moves is a grim and unrelenting catalog of U.S. military sadism and brutality in the Vietnam War. It is a searing indictment of the American war planners—our military’s best and brightest—whose reliance on “body count” as a metric of progress condemned countless South Vietnamese civilians to a fate of fear, humiliation, suffering, and death. Turse shines a glaring light on the consequences of fighting an asymmetrical war in which search-and-destroy missions, free-fire zones, and refugee-generating operations were regularly carried out among vulnerable civilian populations.