Friday, March 07, 2014

Robert Neer: Napalm: An American Biography

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To be perfectly fair, I read this book under false pretenses. I thought napalm was agent orange, which is ridiculous, but much more interesting. "Napalm" is the story of the weapon napalm (duh), which is fire-based, not chemical based, and was used much earlier than agent orange, like in World War II and Korea, which, as a time period, isn't that interesting to me. And "Napalm," the book, is a gory, bloody, repetitive mess, sort of like the weapon. You can only read so many times about a bomb being drop that literally burns people alive and destroys towns before you start feeling a little vomitous or burny inside. I couldn't finish it.