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Vietnamese Dead

November 13, 1988

In his review of Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie" Peter Arnett wrote that "58,000 Americans and hundreds of Vietnamese died in an attempt to achieve political and military ends that history is showing were always probably unattainable."

Hundreds of Vietnamese? Someone didn't edit his work. The number of Vietnamese dead was closer to 1 million.

MICHAEL BARBA

PICO RIVERA

Editor's note: According to sources at The Times, there is no agreed upon estimated number of Vietnamese deaths; statistics vary from 250,000 to 430,000 killed between 1965 and 1974. The review should have read "hundreds of thousands."

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