Vietnam: A History

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byStanley Karnow

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"A landmark work...The most complete account to date of the Vietnam tragedy." -The Washington Post Book World

This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its undertsanding, and compassionate in its human portrayls , it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with participants-French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. Originally published a companion to the Emmy-winning PBS series, Karnow's defining book is a precursor to Ken Burns's ten-part forthcoming documentary series, The Vietnam WarVietnam: A History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come to understand - and make peace with - a convulsive epoch of our recent history.

"This is history writing at its best." -Chicago Sun-Times

"Even those of us who think we know something about it will read with fascination." -The New York Times

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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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"A landmark work...The most complete account to date of the Vietnam tragedy." -The Washington Post Book WorldThis monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its undertsanding, and compassionate in its human portrayls , it is filled with fresh rev...

Stanley Karnow (1925-2013) is the author of, among other books, the bestselling Vietnam: A History and the Pulitzer Prize-winning In Our Image: America and the Philippines.

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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

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.

Editorial Reviews

"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have." -Boston Globe

"This is history writing at its best." -Chicago Sun-Times

"Even those of us who think we know something about it will read with fascination." -The New York Times

"A landmark work...The most complete account to date of the Vietnam tragedy." -The Washington Post Book World