Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A landmark work...The most complete account to date of the Vietnam tragedy." -The Washington Post Book World
This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its undertsanding, and compassionate in its human portrayls, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with participants-French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. Originally published a companion to the Emmy-winning PBS series, Karnow's defining book is a precursor to Ken Burns's ten-part forthcoming documentary series, The Vietnam War. Vietnam: A History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come to understand - and make peace with - a convulsive epoch of our recent history.
"This is history writing at its best." -Chicago Sun-Times
"Even those of us who think we know something about it will read with fascination." -The New York Times
"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
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
13. Debate, Diplomacy, Doubt
15. Nixon's War
16. The Peace that Never Was
Cast of Principal Characters
Notes on Sources
Photographs appear at the opening of each chapter. Maps appear on pages 114, 123, 219, 349, 537, 677.