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The Vietnam War: History in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Neil Smith
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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

‘War, what is it good for?’ THE VIETNAM WAR: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives a gripping account of the most important Cold War-era conflict, fought between the United States and the Viet Cong, the Vietnam People’s Army and their Communist allies. It was one of the most traumatic military conflicts America has ever been involved in – and provoked a backlash of anti-war protests at home.

Here are the key events leading up to the Vietnam War, the deadly guerrilla warfare of the Viet Cong, the domestic anti-war movement and the fall of Saigon. THE VIETNAM WAR: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is essential reading for anyone interested in post-war history.

Know your stuff: read about the Vietnam War in just one hour.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E3LM7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Vietnam's internal strife over the years is seared into so many people's minds as an American affair. This book takes you back to WW2 and the first of the most recent invaders - Japan. We are taken through the history as the French return after WW2 to reclaim their foreign possession only to meet determined resistance culminating in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, a battle which the French army had setup having massively underestimate the Vietnamese opponents and their capabilities. The French defeat lays the seeds of American (with considerable support from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand) involvement which is followed to their pullout and the eventual fall of the Republic of Vietnam with an interesting take on the Tet Offensive as being, in spite of appearances, far from a victory for the Viet Cong rather a defeat which took four years to recover from even though in the eyes of the American public opinion it was the tipping point.

The book packs a lot of history in so, out of necessity, individual events are covered in no more than a few paragraphs. The Gulf of Tonkin, the My Lai massacre (with no mention of the fate of William Calley), Hamburger Hill, the public street execution, the burning monk and the Tet Offensive are all placed in the correct context but for the detail you'll have to look elsewhere.

This book, as with all the History in One Hour series, is the strategic and broad brush which it sets out to be and is light on detail but provides a well rounded overview of a subject. The detail will come from other, far weightier books. At the end of the book is a brief biography of the main protagonists from all sides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The vietnam war. 4 Dec 2012
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As the title indicates a abbreviated version of the events during the Veitman war.Overall a fair appraisal favouring neither protaginists
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3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a thumb-nail sketch? 24 Dec 2012
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A readable and interesting history - no deep analysis and for the most part is information that those living through the period would have been aware of - but as a quick overview is helpful and useful to be able to put the incidents which were the stuff of everyday newspaper reports nearly 50 years ago into a historical context.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam 24 Feb 2014
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Good read would recommend to all that want a brief overview of the Vietnam war touches all sides of this conflict
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief yet very good insight into the Vietnam war 22 Dec 2013
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Lacks true detail, but like most of the other history in an hour books, gives you enough if you do not have knowledge of the subject matter; Obviously you will have to go elsewhere if you want to find additional info
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good historical review. 7 Dec 2013
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A excellent concise and detailed account of the Vietnam war .The U S does not come out of this book very well and neither should it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Follow up to a visit 28 Oct 2013
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Having recently visited Vietnam, ho chi Minh city and in particular the war museum.This book will give you a snap shot of the US participation in Vietnam... but we'll worth reading to help understand there stand point. Look forward to reading from a Vietnamese point!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great summary 17 Oct 2013
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I found this very useful for getting the main points made clear. It's easy to read, not biased towards any side and gives a comprehensive account of the events that unfolded. Well worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
At school history covered just the industrial revolution and nothing else. These history in an hour books provide a quick but informative insight into events which really we should... Read more
Published 6 months ago by IIluminator
2.0 out of 5 stars Short in places
I know it's meant to be but by comparison to other books in the series made giant leaps at times with little explanation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kenneth donnelly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cold War: History in an Hour
Brilliant - This book will tell me everything I need to know
and it won't be endless hundreds of daunting pages which will
take an insane length of time to read - It is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alley Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars all you need to know in one book
full of interesting data of events both in the US and Vietnam and an easy read.
I enjoyed the history as I have lived through the era.
Published 6 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and interesting
A interesting bullet pointed history of the greatest mistake in US history. For its size it speaks volumes about a completely pointless war.
Published 7 months ago by nickomac
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
An excellent overview of this crazy war.

Now I will write some more words even though I have nothing to say!
Published 8 months ago by M. R. Haynes
4.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam short history
Very concise book. Founded it great to read. Straight to the point. Will read other from the same author. Keep it real
Published 8 months ago by Bad bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I have enjoyed reading the history in an hour books, they give a very easy in site in to a part of history you may not know much about..excellent read
Published 9 months ago by Isabel
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