Vietnam, A History

Vietnam, A History

Book - 1997 | 2nd rev. and updated ed
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This definitive history of the Vietnam War, now revised and updated, is also the basis for a documentary that will air on PBS in May. Panoramic, profound, and compassionate, "Vietnam: A History" was the first book to focus on the people involved on both sides as well as relating the political and military events that unfolded in Vietnam and the decisions made in Washington, Hanoi, and elsewhere. photos, maps.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1997
Edition: 2nd rev. and updated ed
ISBN: 0140265473
9780140265477
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 KAR 1997
Characteristics: xv, 768 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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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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