Vietnam: A History

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byStanley Karnow

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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account
we have."—Boston Globe. "Superb, balanced in interpretation...
immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."—George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.

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So many accounts of the Vietnam War exist, all with their own slant on the conflict, that it's almost impossible to know what to believe. The beauty of Vietnam: A History is that it encompasses all aspects of the war and doesn't come down on one side or the other. By interviewing hundreds of people who were involved, Stanley Karnow ach...

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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced accountwe have."—Boston Globe. "Superb, balanced in interpretation...immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."—George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.

Stanley Karnow was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 4, 1925. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1947. After graduating, he sailed for France intending to spend the summer, but he stayed for a decade. He studied politics at the University of Paris in 194...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140265473

ISBN - 13:9780140265477

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. The War Nobody Won
2. Piety and Power
3. The Heritage of Vietnamese Nationalism
4. The War with the French
5. The Light that Failed
6. America's Mandarin
7. Vietnam Is the Place
8. The End of Diem
9. The Commitments Deepen
10. Disorder and Decision
11. LBJ Goes to War
12. Escalation
13. Debate, Diplomacy, Doubt
14. Tet
15. Nixon's War
16. The Peace that Never Was

Chronology
Cast of Principal Characters
Notes on Sources
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits
Index

Photographs appear at the opening of each chapter.Maps appear on pages 114, 123, 219, 349, 537, 677.

From Our Editors

So many accounts of the Vietnam War exist, all with their own slant on the conflict, that it's almost impossible to know what to believe. The beauty of Vietnam: A History is that it encompasses all aspects of the war and doesn't come down on one side or the other. By interviewing hundreds of people who were involved, Stanley Karnow achieves a kind of accuracy that many historical writers aspire to but rarely accomplish. Clear, well written and to the point, this analysis provides readers with all the information, facts and descriptions they need to form their own opinions about this tragic event.