Vietnam: a History

Vietnam: a History


By (author) Stanley Karnow


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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Format: Paperback | 784 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 36mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 26 June 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 0140265473
  • ISBN 13: 9780140265477
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • Sales rank: 37,235

Product description

This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants - French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. 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.

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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.