Christian Appy spoke at Town Hall Seattle, Feb 16, 2015 on his latest book, American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. Appy is a professor of history department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Appy was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1955. In 1964, his family moved to Westport, Connecticut where he attended public school and graduated from Staples High School in 1973. At Amherst College, Class of 1977 he majored in American Studies and wrote a prizewinning honors thesis on Appalachian coal miners. He received his Ph.D in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University in 1987. His dissertation received the Ralph Henry Gabriel dissertation prize from the American Studies Association. It went on to become his first book, Working Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam. Appy taught at Harvard and MIT… His book Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides is widely assigned to college students studying the Vietnam War, due to its unique and nearly comprehensive view of those involved in the war. In April 2013, he won the UMASS Distinguished Teaching Award.