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Explore the captivating history of the Vietnam War!

The Vietnam War represented a watershed not only in American and Vietnamese history but also internationally. It wasn’t just a battle between two nations, but between two ideologies, two military strategies, and a fight for the hearts and minds of two vastly different national populations.   

Few conflicts in global history symbolize as much as Vietnam. From the civil rights movement to the role of the media in warfare, the Vietnam War was unique in the sense that it could not be contained as a military matter but transcended every area of Vietnamese and American society. The word "Vietnam" describes an era of history, not just an isolated war in a small nation in Southeast Asia. It is the lens through which the America and Vietnam of today must be interpreted. Few conflicts have or will ever shape the world as much as the Vietnam War.   

Some of the topics and questions covered in this audiobook include:  

  • The French and the First Indochina War
  • Out of the frying pan, into the fire: The government of Ngo Dinh Diem
  • Pragmatism and idealism
  • The death of two Catholic presidents
  • Smoke and mirrors: Johnson’s war
  • The American war machine
  • The Tet nightmare
  • Nixon and Kissinger

Get the audiobook now and learn more about the Vietnam War!

©2017 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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Well worth your time!!!

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I really enjoyed this account and appreciate the author's efforts to show how war experienced by those who actually conduct the day to day activities involved.Takes back to the time thanks, well done.


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Couldn't stop listening

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It was an interesting book. I had no idea what the men felt like that were over there. The author seemed very sincere in his account of daily life there.

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Bravo

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I knew War was a terrifying thing. But nevermore knew it could be this bad, thank you is simply just to say to these wonderful, brave people, but I do thank you, past and present...God bless you all.

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There is amazing return in the book, overall it was great with shocking insights into what it was like to serve in Vietnam with a US Army armored unit.

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It opened my eyes to a few things

This book surely supports in decreasing the Vietnam War and has lots of pleasant and interesting stuff. The revision tests and plays are great and support so much in knowing and getting. I was able to test out of my Vietnam war levels, some in part to this. Receive It!

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full of relevant facts.

Very good report too of a Vietnam War. Correct interpretation.I like it all very informative, I have lived through it all, it only proves that politicians do not care for the people they serve.

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Loved it.

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A Captivating Guide to the Second Indochina War a very well written. Seldom it's better to go quickly through major events in History to get the bigger picture and see the forest for the trees so to speak. This book will present that for you.

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A Captivating Guiden of Vietnam War is a great book! I fully suggest this to anyone who is a history buff, and mainly to people that lived during this era.

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An excellent summary of a complex topic. Use this as the starting point for more detailed research if necessary. For me, it included what I needed to know.

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  • Simon
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  • 02-02-18

Easy to understand and very informative.

After listening to this book I realize a little better why I didn't know much about the war and why we were there in the first place - we weren't thought to know! Too bad we can't seem to learn from our errors. Easy to understand and very informative.

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  • Powell
  • 02-06-18

Fantastic

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He is a great writer who tells the story from personal experience. This is not meant to be a just historical review of all sides. That in mind, it is outstanding.

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  • Rex
  • 02-06-18

Interesting history of a stupid war

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This book is on the "Recommended listening List" of Vietnam Veterans of America, and Indianapolis, IndianaThis book is very descriptive in covering the History of Vietnam

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  • Rowan
  • 02-06-18

A great work

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A brilliant telling of the history of Vietnam which shows the before and after of a nation so rapidly exposed to western civilization.

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  • Zak
  • 02-06-18

Excellent journey through Vietnam

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Great and great history of an important time in American history, though, Excellent detailed history of what led to our involvement

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  • Benjamin
  • 02-06-18

Very eye-opening and informative.

Originally, I believed this book was mainly about the U.S.'s involvement in the Vietnam War. Of course, it is, though there's history prior to this event that is solid as well, mainly, the reflection of the French. The Vietnamese, as you will discover, are a very hard-working and resilient people; seriously underrated in their skills. Very eye-opening and informative.

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  • Jesse
  • 02-06-18

Very detailed and accurate history.

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So it is an excellent work for people who don't know a lot about Vietnam already, and who want to read a complete history, but not so good for someone who already has a strong background.

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  •  Nikolai
  • 02-06-18

I liked very much the author's style,

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I liked very much the author's style, typical for a writer that had lived all the events described in this book.This is so the most comprehensive book about this war, full of first-hand accounts.

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  • jenny
  • 02-06-18

Strong Subject with Powerful Consequences

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A pretty accurate study of not just the military dimension but the underlying political motives and manoeuvers which built and maintained the 'Vietnam war'. The writer has an older but never unbelieving position which not surprisingly shows the corrupt acts of the few that performed suffering for the many.

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  • tirol
  • 02-06-18

Strongly recommended.

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this book is by far the best place to start. It offers perspectives from both sides and some clear analysis of what worked and what failed. Strongly recommended.

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  • Mary John
  • 02-06-18

Written in an informal style!!!

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Military history buffs may be failed, however, this book isn't just story-telling. It demonstrates simply how this war opened and how the US power bought with it. For anyone who wants to know this war, history buff or not,