‘ After Sorrow’ Revises View Of Vietnam (Article) published by The Oregonian (Jun 25, 1995)
"They made their choice to fight us. But they didn't want to, and they don't hold it against us." -- Lady Borton, author of "After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese" Our fascination/distress also explains why those who saw the war and Vietnam close up continue to have a story to tell. One such person is Lady Borton, now a 52-year-old Ohio farmer, but once a twentysomething with a Quaker background and such a high sense of civic obligation that, when the government was forcing its men to go to war, she decided she ought to be there, too. In person and in her recently published book about her post-war stays, "After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese" (Viking, $23.95), Borton endorses the theory that U.S. involvement in Vietnam was critically damaged by events that happened years before, when, during the Cold War frenzy of the early '50s, the U.S. State Department was purged of Southeast Asian experts who might have saved us from our ignorance.