Complete Idiot Guide Vietnam War 1e Paperback – Oct 13 2000
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
History hurts. It's the study of dead people and old stuff, a university student once told me, and it offers little relevance to today's fast-paced world. Read the first page
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Top Customer Reviews
Every one of the above 150 books is essentially from the American perspective. For example in the present book near the back of this 350 plus page book there is an analysis of the 58,000 US combatants killed in action, i.e.: how many navy, air force, marines, army, etc. were killed. The book covers the history of the conflict in terms of what Ho Chi Minh wants to accomplish and then what is the US response. The fighting covers decades in mostly chronological order. It discusses the politicians, the cabinet members, the DOD people, the generals, the conflicts, the weapons, the geography etc. So overall one gets a reasonable picture of the conflict in a summary form.
There are black and white drawings, maps, photographs, quotations, historical notes, and special notes and inserts. If you were in the war and you wanted your son or daughter to get a quick idea of the conflict, start to finish this would be a reasonable summary book, or perhaps a gateway book to the subject. I would rate this book ahead of the Dummies book.
What is missing from this book and most others is the utter devastation caused to the stoic peoples of Vietnam by their own fighting and by the US invasion. Millions were killed and large parts of Vietnam were destroyed by herbicides. These events are not listed nor are they seriously acknowledged. So in that way the book tells only half the story and conveniently ignores the pointless destruction (since the US ended up withdrawing in the end). We get to understand the US politicians and what they did, and the actions of the US armed forces in some detail, but we somehow forgot about the millions of victims.
Jack in Toronto
And, yes, I know whereof I speak -- served in Vietnam in the US Army in 1968-69.
Most recent customer reviews
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