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While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of US 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 listener from the marshy Mekong Delta swamps 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 far-reaching than thought before. 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 warmaking and peacemaking 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.

©2012 Lien-Hang T. Nguyen (P)2012 Blackstone Audio

Critic Reviews

“Nguyen’s magnificent book is truly an international history of the war, with new Vietnamese sources and serious attention to international actors. Scholars of the Vietnam War and the Cold War will be in her debt.” (Andrew Preston, Cambridge University)
“Using important new documentation from across the world, most notably Vietnam, Lien-Hang Nguyen has written the first truly authoritative account of the negotiations that led to the 1973 Paris Peace Accords. Hanoi’s War is an extraordinary achievement, an indispensable contribution to the rapidly changing history of the conflicts in Vietnam.” (George C. Herring, author of America’s Longest War: The United States in Vietnam, 1950-1975)
“At last, a genuinely international history of the Vietnam War that solidly rests on Vietnamese sources in order to offer a deep analysis of the war from the other side. This is one of the most important books published on the Vietnam War in the last thirty years.” (Marilyn B. Young, New York University)

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Understanding politics in SE Asia.

If you are a Vietnam vet, as I am, you should read this book. The US policy's were not in the best interest of peaceful coexistence in the world. From the soldiers point of view the command structure, both governmental and military, was FUBAR.
There was certainly a lot more strife within the north (Hanoi) than I realized. There were many things that I have wondered about, now I have a much better understanding of what was really happening.

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Worst narrator ever. Combined with weak text.

What would have made Hanoi’s War better?

A better narrator and a better writer.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lien-Hang T. Nguyen again?

No.

What didn’t you like about Hillary Huber’s performance?

Awful, flat, smarmy performance. Reading as if for first time. Robotic and utterly uninvolved reading.

Any additional comments?

Another book on this subject, actually well written, would be great. For now read A Bright Shining Lie by Sheehan. It is possible the terrible narrator ruins this book. Cannot listen further.

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  • rock maker
  • 07-25-16

Alternative and balanced a history of how Viietnam was united

Brilliant account of how the war endured and ended. The perspective, as can be expected from the title, is from Hanoi. Clearly sets out how the regime there simultaneously sought military victory whilst courting world sympathy. Enormously refreshing to have such a balanced history.