The Press: Time to Decompress

His detractors, notably U.S. military brass, have called him dishonest, dangerous, anti-American and even a card-carrying Communist. But admiring junior officers asked for his autograph, and Congressmen visiting Viet Nam sought him out to obtain his views on the war. Associated Press Correspondent Peter Arnett, in fact, is one of the most energetic and resourceful reporters ever to cover Indochina.

Something of a legend among rival newsmen for being in the right place at the right time, Arnett combines hustle with a discerning eye for detail and an acute ear for devastating quotes, including those that symbolize the tragedy of the war....

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