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Cold War FriendshipsKorea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature$
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Josphine Nock-Hee Park

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.001.0001

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Losing Friends

Losing Friends

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(p.143) 5 Losing Friends
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Cold War Friendships
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Josephine Nock-Hee Park

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.003.0006

Chapter 5 traces the figure of the American special agent in Vietnam, from Graham Greene’s The Quiet American to Rambo, as a mythic, solitary, and diminishing figure of alliance. The chapter considers the rise and spectacular fall of Special Forces in the long span of American involvement in Vietnam. It then considers fantasies of counterinsurgency that began as newly intimate political alliances free from imperial condescension, but devolved into hazy imperial dreams. This chapter reconsiders a set of now-canonical accounts of the war. In so doing, the chapter registers the receding figure of the friendly, who would be marshaled into service after the war to rescue America from its loss.

Keywords:   The Quiet American, The Ugly American, The Green Berets, Apocalypse Now, First Blood, Rambo, Special Forces, Counterinsurgency, Vietnam War

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