The Vietnam War For Dummies

The Vietnam War For Dummies

3.66 (12 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$19.99

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


The Vietnam War was unlike any war the United States ever fought. Unlike the previous wars of the twentieth century, the Vietnam War left the United States divided, and it continues to influence U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Without question, the Vietnam Syndrome that emerged after the war's end altered the policies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, and the lessons learned from the war were applied to later conflicts in the Persian Gulf. The Vietnam War story is one that has never been fully understood and probably never will be explained to the satisfaction of those who experienced it - and it will continue to spark debate and controversy for each new generation. The Vietnam War For Dummies attempts to tell that complicated story in a way that is easily accessible to everyone. If you've never read much about the Vietnam War, this book provides a general overview that covers all the major players and significant turning points and events of the war. If you're a history buff, this book can serve as a compact reference guide to the major subjects of the war.
The Vietnam War For Dummies covers the following topics and more: * The events that led up to the war, from the beginning of the Cold War to when U.S. troops moved into Vietnam * A detailed examination of the conflict between North and South Vietnam * How U.S. presidents handled Vietnam, from Eisenhower to Nixon * Analyses of the major battles of the war, including the Tet Offensives and the Fall of Saigon * The effect of the war on American life and culture, including an exploration of the protest movement * Thorough analyses of U.S. and Vietnamese battle tactics * Top Ten lists debunking myths surrounding the war and highlighting issues and concerns that have arisen from the war Remember that having an understanding of the Vietnam War means knowing that its history is based on perspectives. For any one book that argues a point a specific way, at least two other books will interpret that point another way. You can use The Vietnam War For Dummies as a guide for beginning your examination of one of the most important events in U.S. history.
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 185.42 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0764554808
  • 9780764554803

Back cover copy

Examine the controversies surrounding the warFollow the conflict as it was fought from the ground, air, and seaThis easy-to-follow guide provides a clear overview of the significant events and a Who's Who of the key figures. You'll focus on the crucial moments - from the arrival of the first U.S. military advisor to the Tet Offensive to the fall of Saigon - and see how the war played out in U.S. culture, including its movies, music, and media.The Dummies WayExplanations in plain English"Get in, get out" informationIcons and other navigational aidsTear-out cheat sheetTop ten listsA dash of humor and fun
show more

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I: Returning to the Start of the Vietnam War; Chapter 1: Looking at America's Longest War; Chapter 2: Warring Ideologies: The Two Vietnams; Part II: Fighting the Ground War in Southeast Asia; Chapter 3: Eisenhower, Korea, and Southeast Asia: Hot Flashes in a Cold War; Chapter 4: Kennedy's Green Berets; Chapter 5: Johnson's Regulars; Chapter 6: Nixon's Victory in Vietnam: A Peace with Honor?; Part III: Taking to Air and Sea; Chapter 7: Learning to Fly: 1950-1964; Chapter 8: Air War over Vietnam: 1964-1973; Chapter 9: Air War over Laos and Cambodia; Chapter 10: Navigating the Seas: The Navy's Role; Chapter 11: North Vietnamese/Viet Cong Strategies and Tactics; Part IV: The "Other Wars"; Chapter 12: Winning with the South Vietnamese People; Chapter 13: Making Friends and Enemies in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia; Part V: A War at Home and a Home at War; Chapter 14: Protesting the American War Effort; Chapter 15: "The Sound of Silence": Supporting the American War Effort; Part VI: The Part of Tens; Chapter 16: Ten Myths of the Vietnam War; Chapter 17: Ten Resources for Studying the Vietnam War; Chapter 18: Ten Postwar Concerns and Issues to Think About; Index.
show more

About Ronald B. Frankum

Ronald B. Frankum, Jr. is the author of Silent Partners: The United States and Australia in Vietnam, 1954 - 1968. Stephen F. Maxner served in the U.S. Army as a mechanized infantry platoon leader.
show more

Rating details

12 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 25% (3)
4 33% (4)
3 33% (4)
2 0% (0)
1 8% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X