About Me

Clark C. Smith received his PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

For some years he was an assistant professor in the Department of Rhetoric at UCB teaching the analysis of American Political Rhetoric, the Rhetoric of European Ideologies and the Rhetoric of Constitutional Discourse. Previously he had done research on Nazi government in Nuremberg Trial documents at the University of Washington. His master’s thesis was titled The Method of Tyranny, which validated Hannah Arendt’s thesis on the contradictory features of Hitler’s government. His knowledge of fascism stems from that research.

During the Vietnam War, he was an editor of The Ally, A Newspaper for Servicemen which was distributed by GI’s on military bases in the United States, in Europe and Japan, and among the troops in South Vietnam.  Following the military withdrawal from Vietnam, he turned to interviewing Vietnam  veterans recently returned from the war. Those interviews are now housed at the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, and are included in the Clark Smith Papers at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

In an effort to assist veterans,  he co-authored  the Vietnam Map Book. It was an atlas of South Vietnam which also listed air force spray missions. It was used to assist veterans in documenting their service-connected disabilities caused by exposure to the toxic herbicides Agent Orange, Agent White and Agent Blue. The Pentagon had denied the individual’s linkage between exposure and illness. However, with unit designations in hand, the atlas made possible the connection between location and exposure. That was when the government declared  that all in-country  veterans had been exposed along with Vietnamese whose  land had been saturated with these poisons.

During this time he also crafted the oral history Brothers, Black Soldiers in the Nam, the first oral history of the Afro-American experience in Vietnam. It described heroic combat along with the ferment among troops caught in a foreign war while denied equal treatment at home.

His current writings are the product of research on the politics of war in the Middle East since 1990.


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