The Vietnam War 1956-1975

The Vietnam War 1956-1975

Paperback Essential Histories (Osprey Publishing)

By (author) Andy Wiest

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 246mm x 8mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 13 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841764191
  • ISBN 13: 9781841764191
  • Illustrations note: 25 b&w and 25 colour illustrations, chronology
  • Sales rank: 196,749

Product description

The Vietnam War was arguably the most important event, or series of events, of the "American century". America entered the brutal conflict certain of its moral mission to save the world from the advance of communism. As this title explains, however, the war was not at all what the US expected. Outnumbered and outgunned the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces resorted to a guerrilla war based on the theories of Mao Zedong of China. This was war reduced to its most basic level - find the enemy and kill him.

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Author information

Andy Wiest is presently a Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, and serves as director of the Vietnam Studies Program and co-director of the university's Center for the Study of War and Society. He has authored several articles and book chapters on Great War history and the history of Vietnam, including 'Passchendaele and the Royal Navy' (Greenwood Press, 1995), 'The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War' (with Chris McNab, Amber Books, 2000) and 'The Illustrated History of World War I' (Amber Books, 2000).

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"I am most favorably impressed by the Essential Histories series on the American Civil War. Written by four of the best historians of the military course of the war, these volumes provide a lucid and concise narrative of the campaigns in both the Eastern and Western theaters as well as penetrating analyses of strategies and leadership. Ideal for classroom use or fireside reading."

Table of contents

Introduction and chronology; Background to war; Warring sides; Outbreak; The fighting; Portrait of a soldier; World around war; Portrait of a civilian; How the war ended; Conclusion and consequences