Hanoi's War

Hanoi's War

An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

eBook - 2012
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While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.S. involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.

Hanoi's War renders transparent the internal workings of America's most elusive enemy during the Cold War and shows that the war fought during the peace negotiations was bloodier and much more wide ranging than it had been previously. Using never-before-seen archival materials from the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as materials from other archives around the world, Nguyen explores the politics of war-making and peace-making not only from the North Vietnamese perspective but also from that of South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States, presenting a uniquely international portrait.

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780807835517 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 959.70431 NGU
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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May 27, 2013

The book gives us a sketch of Hanoi’s war strategies as well as a glimpse of the power struggles within the North Vietnamese leadership.


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May 27, 2013

“Too often.... the Vietnam War is still viewed solely through the American lens. Leaders in Washington, U.S. soldiers on the battlefront, and American protestors on the streets take center stage while the Vietnamese disappear in the background, part of the terrain in which Americans became quagmired. However, the war was at least as much a Vietnamese conflict as it was an American one. Viewing the conflict from the perspectives of leaders in Hanoi, a new international history of the Vietnam War, and indeed of the wider Cold War, emerges.”


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