Vietnam, A History

Vietnam, A History

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"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
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1997
Edition: 2nd rev. and updated ed
ISBN: 9780140265477
0140265473
Branch Call Number: 959.704
Characteristics: xv, 768 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm

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Nov 22, 2013

I think I read this 2 decades back, so treat this comment as possibly erroneous. __Some of his minutiae left me a little suspicious, like one of the anti Diem conspirators 'held up 2 fingers, to indicate both Diem and his brother were to die'. I would like to know how he found this out? The American Admin of the time had understood the Nho bro were to be spared, but they eluded capture for some days, having ducked down an escape tunnel, then onto Cho Lon. I guess the coup leaders were concerned they would mount some sort of a come back? __Karnow did get a Vietnamese woman's description of having an air delivered bomb explode beside her hut. It left her with a massive headache & cross eyed for the rest of the day. I don't know if this helped the American cause at all.

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ReidCooper
Feb 16, 2013

While a truly great book on the Vietnam War, it is not - despite the title - truly a history of Vietnam itself, although Karnow does briefly outline some of Vietnam's early history. Unlike other books on the war, Karnow takes the time to trace the deeper origins of the conflict right back to France's earliest attempts to extend its empire to the region. Having been in Vietnam during the US-Vietnam war, and covered the post-WWII French conflict from Paris, Karnow is extremely familiar with his topic, and makes a real effort to interview all sides.

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