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Michael Hunt
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6 May 2010

Nixon: I'd rather use a nuclear bomb. Have you got that ready?

Kissinger: Now that, I think, would just be, uh, too much, uh -

Nixon: A nuclear bomb, does that bother you?

[Kissinger response virtually inaudible]

Nixon: I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christ's sake!

A Vietnam War Reader, edited by Michael Hunt, is a unique collection of shocking lived experiences, directly from the mouths and the pens of those soldiers, politicians and citizens who lived through the days of the Vietnam War and its bloody aftermath.

Including testimony from both American and Vietnamese sources, the Reader contains such diverse documents as Ho Chi Minh's report to the Communist Party, a secret memo from the CIA on the Vietcong and a 1966 letter from a junior officer to his family, describing his growing doubts about the war.

Transcripts show the casual conversations and public press conferences that would lead to millions of deaths, revealing the terrible dilemmas faced by those in power, and on the ground.

Pham Van Dong: If the United States dares to start a limited war, we will fight it, and will win it.

Mao Zedong: Yes, you can win it.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 014104702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141047027
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent selection of primary sources."-"The VVA Veteran"

About the Author

Michael H. Hunt is the Everett H. Emerson Professor of History Emeritus, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His major books include The American Ascendancy, The World Transformed: 1945 to the Present and Lyndon Johnson's War: America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vietnam war in perspective 19 May 2010
The perception of the Vietnam war (or as I discovered American war if you happen to be Vietnamese) is generally gained from American films generally showing matters from the American soldier's point of view. This slim volume edited by the emeritus Professor of History at the University of North Carolina features testimony from both American and Vietnamese sources dating from the historical run up to,during and in the aftermath of the war. It is invaluable as a means of discovering how and why it happened and who were the political, military and anti-war players. It places the conflict at a personal level and also as part of the big world picture. Highly recommended.
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