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August 10, 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book was a required reading for my Recent American History class and I really enjoyed it! I studied abroad in the US and didn't know much about the Vietnam war before, and this book really made me understand it a lot more. A great way to introduce someone to the major causes and events of the Vietnam war.
June 14, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Professor Addington's little book covers a lot and covers it well. If anyone wants to read just one book about the history of the US involvement in Viet Nam without delving too deeply into the military and diplomatic aspects of this sad episode in US history, this book is perfect. It is learned and thorough and very well written.
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July 3, 2000
It is a rare book that can effectively summarize a long war and a longer historical process in a short space, yet this book does so with gem-like clarity. It is also extraordinarily evenhanded--a great accomplishment given the depth of feeling surrounding the war. The text weaves various perspectives into the narrative so well that I always felt unimpeded by bias and appreciative of its broad objectivity. The author keeps the larger focus on the main political and military issues which shaped the war yet always includes enough detail to give a strong sense of what was taking place both in policy circles and on the ground. The author has cleary mastered a great deal of material and keeps to the facts, yet through it I was deeply moved. I think there is a subtle tone to the book of compassion for human tragedy that makes it not just highly readable but important to all of us who struggle to understand human events, and particularly this war.
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June 27, 2000
I was young while the vietnam war was taking place. I've always wanted to learn more about it. This book tells precisely everything that went on very concisely. It also tells what went on in America during that time and you're able to get the whole picture. I wish that I would have read this a long time ago and I now know what other areas to look into for future reference. My family and I went to view "The Moving Wall" (Vietnam Memorial Duplicate) and I was fortunate and very honored to be able to discuss some situations with Vietnam Vets that were there. It was a great experience and those that I spoke with were impressed with what I knew!
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August 3, 2001
The book provides are very thorough accout aobut the tactics employed during the war and the battles that resulted. The level of detail is tremendous and the book is well written. However, I was hoping for a more thorough examination of the sociological effects of the war, particularly here in the US. Maybe there is another book that I can read for this.
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