World: Brutality with a Purpose

"Terror is a weapon as real as a gun —and sometimes more deadly. For it can kill not only the body but the spirit of those lives it touches with fear." So begins Terror in Viet Nam by Jay Mallin, a new book that in brief (114 pages), pointed style systematically analyzes the Viet Cong's use of violence. Mallin, a longtime Caribbean reporter (five years for TIME in Cuba) who flew to Viet Nam in 1965 to research his grim inquiry firsthand, quotes Che Guevara for the Red chapter and verse on terrorism. "Violence,"...

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