If you are too young to remember the Vietnam War, this book will give you a comprehensive view of the thirty-year conflict, a more complete story than you might get in your history textbook. It will satisfy the curiosity of those who want to know more about the history and culture of the United States during the sixites and seventies, and it will give older readers an unbiased reminder of their youth.
Timothy P. Maga, PhD, is the Oglesby Professor American Heritage at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He teaches U.S. diplomatic history, modern Japanese history, U.S.-Asian/Pacific relations, the Vietnam War and the U.S. Constitution. In 1994, he was named Scholar of the Year by Bentley College; in 1983 he received the Best Lecturer award in recognition of teaching excellence in history from the University of Maryland. He has held several senior political appointments in the Clinton administration. The author of many books, articles and scholarly papers, Dr. Maga was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in history for his book, John F. Kennedy and the New Pacific Community, published in 1990.
This is not really a "Complete Idiot's Guide". It's true that the grand picture is important, you have to know the settings, the histories, people's reactions, and the struggles... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002 by brilliantdream
This isn't a book that Henry Kissinger needs to read. It's a book for those of us who feel like we don't know what happened during the Vietnam era and who want to be able to... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2002 by Connie
On Page 239, the part about Hamburger Hill, the author says the Marines were fired upon from heavily dug in NVA. This was an 101st Airborne Battle, not the Marine Corps. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002 by "raider21"