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  • The South Vietnamese Army was showing improvement, winning 37 of their last 45 major engagements;
  • Even sarcastic, arrogant Marine lieutenants get nervous when senior Navy captains get upset;
  • The photo of the South Vietnamese police chief, for example, cannot by itself explain he had just seen the dead body of a close friend minutes before; even Eddie Adams, the photojournalist who snapped the photo felt it unfairly maligned Lt;
  • This grew into the operation known as Rolling Thunder that began on March 2, 1965, and continued to November 2, 1968;
  • Civilian deaths during that time period were estimated at 2 million, but the U;
  • They started turning their pockets inside out on their own.

This book illuminated the mistakes and horrors committed by both the US and Vietnam, but also showed why each side stood their ground. Some things really broke my heart like the fact that more Vietnamese civilians died than soldiers, or that forty US soldiers died after the peace treaty had been signed.

  • Ancient history is quickly spelled out, then readers learn how WWII, French colonialism, a fear of communism, and poor leadership on all sides led to a tragic outcome;
  • Hanoi offered to restart peace talks, yet remained intransigent in its demands;
  • He held the joint up in front of him;
  • This Vietnam was a painful point on American history that still hurts;
  • I handed him the joint;
  • The Central Intelligence Agency CIA advised that was not the case—America had a strong military presence in the Pacific that would serve as a deterrent.

Freedman doesn't shy away from pointing Very well written - Freedman takes the confusing events surrounding Vietnam and retells them in a way that teen readers and adults alike can understand.

Freedman doesn't shy away from pointing out America's lowest moments during the war - from helping unfit leaders take power in South Vietnam to countless failed peace talks to the murders of innocent Vietnamese civilians and Americans too at Kent State. The photographs featured took the book to the next level. However, a true understanding of the war can only be gained through a greater appreciation of its background.

Russell Freedman, in his usual excellent fashion, clearly walks readers through 2,000 years of the region's history to set the stage for the conflict. Ancient history is quickly spelled out, then readers learn how WWII, French colonialism, a fear of communism, and poor leadership on all sides led to a tragic outcome.

Vietnam War

This Vietnam was a painful point on American history that still hurts. This is a fascinating overview that shows how one decision impacted another and so forth. The majority of the book focuses on the years leading up to the war, with a few chapters dedicated to the war itself and its aftermath.

It's all fascinating and sobering and is accompanied by many black and white photographs.

  1. He handed it back to me. In the early 20th century, Vietnamese nationalism began to rise, clashing with the French colonial rulers.
  2. In retaliation for the invasion, and in hopes of forcing Hanoi to negotiate in good faith, Nixon ordered Haiphong harbor in North Vietnam to be mined and he intensified bombing of North Vietnam. He was giving me an out.
  3. We arrived at battalion headquarters, which like most headquarters never shuts down.

For secondary students seeking a greater understanding of the conflict, this is a clear and reasoned introduction. Russell Freedman you are my hero, you made this history lesson easy. To take a historical event so complex that it lasted through 5 American Presidents and put it into unbiased layman terms and do it so well, is no small feat.

  • As long as we felt this was justified, such as when troops were in trouble or there were big targets, we risked our necks;
  • I began shaking inside, knowing the consequences that were going to have to follow;
  • Many lessons can be learned from this book.

A compelling book told in chronological order that should be a When I came upon this book at my local library, and as I plan for a trip to Vietnam in 2 months, I hoped it would provide me with some additional local knowledge for my upcoming visit to this beautiful country.

A compelling book told in chronological order that should be a required read for all American high school students.

Vietnam: A History of the War

There is a wealth of historical information packed into this 150 page book. Highly recommend for all Americans. Many lessons can be learned from this book.