The Vietnam War was one of the most brutal conflicts of the Cold War era. Not only did more than 2 million people die, but the ramifications of the war continue to shape US military policy to this day. The war took place between 1955 and 1975, encapsulating the hippie movement of the 1960s. As one of the first major conflicts post World War II with high casualties, it divided conservative and liberal cultures around the world. That’s why there have been many essays on the Vietnam War, as well as many books, movies, poems, art pieces, and every kind of creative expression possible. Vietnam War essays are particularly relevant now when America has again pulled out of a long-term conflict in a foreign land, one that polarized public opinion in America and around the world, and one that has also led to a devastating result.