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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: 2492 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E3LM7G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 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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The book - my first in the series 'History in an Hour' - is probably a very sensible way to start getting your bearings on the Vietnam conflict, if you were largely ignorant of it before, and it may equally well work for somewhat younger readers, to give them a high level overview.

In the 73 pages one naturally cannot squeeze much detail but most issues are covered in at least a handful of paragraphs. After a general introduction the book starts with a section on the French rule and the first Indochina war, then proceeds with the American intervention in the Eisenhower era up to 1963, the JFK intervention, the escalation under Lyndon B. Johnson, the Tet offensive, the final years of the campaign under Nixon, some comments on the US strategy to waging the war, the evolution of the US domestic oppostion, and a summary of the NVA and Vietcong forces. The book is finished off by two appendices, one on the key players in the conflict (personalities, not nations), and one with a timeline of the war.

As said the book remains light on the details but does provide soundbites so a reader new to the topic can place issues such as burning monks, Hamburger Hill, My Lai, the Tet Offensive, the Linebacker bombing campaign and search and destroy on a virtual map of the conflict.

The writing is pretty good and is enriched with a selection of period photographs (which depending on your perspective may be taking rather too much space).

So overall a good first read but hardly doing justice to one of the most important conflicts of the Cold War, so likely to leave you wanting more after you are done with it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and uninformative 1 May 2013
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Fine if you want the most basic overview you can find, but if you're looking for anything more then don't bother.

Much as I was aware that the content of a book which seeks to give an overview in the space of an hour isn't going to make me an expert on a subject, I expected it to teach the main points in some detail. However Smith tries so hard to cover everything that he doesn't really cover anything. He essentially just describes most of what happened in very superficial detail, which isn't massively helpful for a newcomer to the subject, and is also generally quite boring. There is nothing thought-provoking or interesting about reading this book; it is essentially everything that could be wrong with History teaching, just feeding the reader facts and not encouraging judgment or serious thought.

The Kindle version which I read is also littered with spelling, grammar and syntax errors. At one point it started a sentence along on the lines of Congress having passed a bill and then went on to explain its function without connecting the two pieces of sentence together at all. It was messily edited and poor quality. I understand that sometimes electronic editions sometimes have to be produced quickly, but I'm honestly not sure anyone proof-read this at all.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars The American War 14 May 2015
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Not quite a waste of time, but close. The book makes little or no attempt to understand and explain how a land of rice farmers managed to defeat the greatest military power in the world. The author fails to provide any insights into the motivation, the passion, the patriotism which ensured the victory in The American War, as the Vietnamese call the conflict.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the tin.
Straight to the facts and no opinions. A concise account of the Vietnam War.
Well worth a read if new to the subject matter.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Campanelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise summary
Both an excellent summary and basis for further reading. This "In an Hour" series provides a very good high level insight into major world events.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Wellings
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good whistle stop tour.
Published 2 months ago by diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read
Published 5 months ago by wheelchair
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good beginner,s guide.
Published 5 months ago by Sandhamsman
3.0 out of 5 stars useful introduction to the subject
The timeline in the back is really helpful as it is very confusing all the different political elements involved. Provides a good overview
Published 5 months ago by Redhotyogi
4.0 out of 5 stars informative
Facts and figures of the Vietnam war, very informative what a waste of all those life's, especially the Americans, why.
Published 7 months ago by Roy
4.0 out of 5 stars good
This is a good book but it jumps around to much. I preference tow ww1 one as it follows the chronological order more.
Published 7 months ago by Robert Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp and practical
These 1 Hour efforts are great as a reference tool for the major moments of any campaign/war/action. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gixersan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting
Published 8 months ago by colin jacox
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