There are two novellas, the first of which is in my opinion the better of the two about a man who studies the myths of Vietnam and tries to devise a way make a plan to destroy - or to utterly subdue - the Vietnamese. Well, he ends up losing in the end (read it and find out!). I found this novella fascinating because I have already read several of the essays constituting the book _Weaponizing Anthropology_ by prof. Price (it is just a printed version of essays available on the website (zeroanthropology dot net (well, it used to be, now its a long review)), which is about (as the title says) using the findings of anthropological research for military purposes (and not just psychological warfare)). The second has exquisite moments of insight and meditation upon all sorts of things: how wonderful it is to live upon the Earth, the gun, mastership over others, and merely existing. It requires some work to figure it out (it consists of more than one narrative), but its well worth it.
two story's in this book....first is about Vietnam, the protagonist being a specialist in warfare, but who is not in the military, and works solely in the u.s.a., while living a totally dysfunctional existence with his wife and spoiled brat of a son. Great ending!
The 2nd story is about the Dutch Boer's settlement of s. africa (circa 1700's) and one man's cruel treatment of the inhabitants... somewhat historical
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