Critics of the war in Iraq compare it – rightly or wrongly – to Vietnam. But there’s no disputing that like Vietnam, this war has split the nation down the middle. It’s enough to make one yearn for earlier times, when the nation united against a common enemy. Or did it? This hour of BackStory is about what happens on the home front when America goes to war. The guys are joined by author Nicholson Baker, and a three-star Marine general, to explore the question of whether any American wars have not been controversial.
Marine Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper tells the History Guys what it’s like to have civilian bosses, why he spoke out publicly in favor of Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation, and what the study of history has to teach the soldier.
Human Smoke, Nicholson Baker’s book about WWII.
Fighting…maybe for freedom, but probably not: slaves and free blacks in the Revolution