Chuck Mertz, host of This is Hell! podcast, talks with Viet Thanh Nguyen about his book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. Listen to the interview through the SoundCloud player or read the transcript below.
Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen explores the ways war wins itself in the minds of the American public – from the erasure of conflict’s economic roots and civilian victims alike, to the coercive power of the US memory industry to commodify and alter historical perspective – and warns that unless we radically revisit our understanding of wars past, they’ll push us towards wars future.
Transcript coming soon.