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This definitive history of the Vietnam War, now revised and updated, is also the basis for a documentary that will air on PBS in May. Panoramic, profound, and compassionate, "Vietnam: A History" was the first book to focus on the people involved on both sides as well as relating the political and military events that unfolded in Vietnam and the decisions made in Washington, Hanoi, and elsewhere. photos, maps.

Synopsis:

"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account

we have."—Boston Globe. "Superb, balanced in interpretation...

immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."—George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The War Nobody Won

2. Piety and Power

3. The Heritage of Vietnamese Nationalism

4. The War with the French

5. The Light that Failed

6. America's Mandarin

7. Vietnam Is the Place

8. The End of Diem

9. The Commitments Deepen

10. Disorder and Decision

11. LBJ Goes to War

12. Escalation

13. Debate, Diplomacy, Doubt

14. Tet

15. Nixon's War

16. The Peace that Never Was

Chronology

Cast of Principal Characters

Notes on Sources

Acknowledgments

Photo Credits

Index

Photographs appear at the opening of each chapter. Maps appear on pages 114, 123, 219, 349, 537, 677.

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Shoshana, April 17, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
A rather lengthy and dense history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war. While generally chronological, there are a number of points where this is not strictly adhered to. Karnow's narrative is methodical and not stylish; on the plus side, he incorporates quotes from numerous interviews with politicians, U.S. and Vietnamese military personnel, and others.

Others' reviews are generally positive, but some fault Karnow's scholarship or perspective. I can't evaluate the legitimacy of these concerns, but can say that in relation to other histories and memoirs, Karnow appears to do a good job of representing Vietnamese as well as American accounts.

Read with Born on the Fourth of July and A Viet Cong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath or other memoirs with a military emphasis.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140265477
Author:
Karnow, Stanley
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnam History 1945-1975.
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Subject:
United States History 1945-
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
8.83x6.50x1.25 in. 1.85 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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