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5.0 out of 5 stars Young's "Vietnam Wars 1945-1990"
Very good read throughout. Was impressed by the speed of delivery too! The book is an excellent starter for people (like me!) who have recently visited Vietnam and want to know more about the long struggle for independence
Published on 25 May 2012 by Michael 1927

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2.0 out of 5 stars The old-style view from the left
Back in the late 70s, the view from the left on Vietnam was pretty simple, in books like Fire in the Lake by Frances Fitzgerald. Basically the US was wrong to intervene and wrong in pretty much everything it did in Vietnam, while the Vietnamese who were fighting against the US were in the right - end of story.

More recently there have been quite a few books...
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2.0 out of 5 stars The old-style view from the left, 28 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Vietnam Wars 1945-1990 (Young) (Paperback)
Back in the late 70s, the view from the left on Vietnam was pretty simple, in books like Fire in the Lake by Frances Fitzgerald. Basically the US was wrong to intervene and wrong in pretty much everything it did in Vietnam, while the Vietnamese who were fighting against the US were in the right - end of story.

More recently there have been quite a few books arguing the US wasn't in the wrong to anything like that extent.

This book really just goes back to the old-style view. The bias is anti-US throughout; any wrong on the Vietnamese side is skated over or dismissed.

Not as good for an overview as Michael Maclear's book "The Ten Thousand Day War" which is much more even handed in it's treatment of the two sides, and I'd recommend that over this even though it's a bit dated now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young's "Vietnam Wars 1945-1990", 25 May 2012
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Very good read throughout. Was impressed by the speed of delivery too! The book is an excellent starter for people (like me!) who have recently visited Vietnam and want to know more about the long struggle for independence
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