Vietnam: a History

Vietnam: a History

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 784 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • 0140265473
  • 9780140265477
  • 32,680

About Stanley Karnow

Stanley Karnow (1925-2013) is the author of, among other books, the bestselling Vietnam: A History and the Pulitzer Prize-winning In Our Image: America and the more

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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have." -Boston Globe "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 "A landmark work...The most complete account to date of the Vietnam tragedy." -The Washington Post Book Worldshow more

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, more

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