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The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars

John Tirman


Americans are greatly concerned about the number of our troops killed in battle—100,000 dead in World War I; 300,000 in World War II; 33,000 in the Korean War; 58,000 in Vietnam; 4,500 in Iraq; over 1,000 in Afghanistan—and rightly so. But why are we so indifferent, often oblivious, to the far greater number of casualties suffered by those we fight and those we fight for? This book aims to answer this question. Between six and seven million people died in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq alone, the majority of them civilians. And yet Americans devote little attention to these deaths. Other countries, ... More

Keywords: atomic weapons, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, anti-Americanism, wars, civilians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195381214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195381214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Tirman, author
The Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology