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The Vietnam War 1956-1975 (Essential Histories)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 November 2013
These are superb little books (less than 100 pages) which allow you grasp all the key facts without having to trundle through 500 + pages! If you have the time then you can finish them in a day. They are very well illustrated, keeping it factual without dwelling on the blood & gore of war. I grew up with this war, it was on the news, I saw the films and listened to the music - Billy Joel, The Doors, etc. Somehow I missed the key facts of it all! This has given me all that I needed to know. This overview gives so much detail about all sorts of things - those countries involved, the reasons for involvement, the places, the people, the links to other wars, the history, the outcome, the personal accounts, the political feel throughout and the legacies for all concerned. I have really learned an awful lot.
I was quite shocked at how badly affected some the American troops were: the My Lai atrocity, the 30,000 troops hooked on drugs, the racial tensions, the killing of their own in command - fragging, the draft dodgers, and finally their abandonment by their own people on return from the war due to the war's media exposure and the country's cover ups and propaganda. Their own people lost faith in the war and some troops faced isolation, destitution, physical ( the orange the scandal) and mental illness.
A very tragic end indeed to an ultimately futile war effort, that they have since admitted that they were wrong to get involved with? That decision cost 50,000 American lives!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2009
This is a great little book and I would highly recommend it to anyone whether for personal reading or education purposes. It is a very concise and succinct account of the Vietnam War but without missing out anything of huge importance. You are taken through the background to the warning signs of war, the outbreak and the fighting. Contrary to another review that said there are no personal accounts, there are actually two - one by a soldier called John Young and another by a civilian Kim Herzinger - and although brief (a couple of pages for each, the book is approx. A5) they do give a good look into the war through different eyes. This is definitely a book worth buying.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
this book is a good initial overview in to the vietnam war. it is not too in depth, or heavy reading, it details the main facts and timeline of the war. it is written in documentary style, no personal accounts or campaign details.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2010
If you want an initial overview of the Vietnam War, then this is a good option. There's not much detail, and it won't give you the "blood & guts", but you'll get an understanding of what led to the war, how it played out, and some of the consequences.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2009
Having seem many war films and read various fictional accounts about Vietnam I never really understood what went on. This book explained in clear simple terms the overall war and the background to it.

It gives all the relevant information in an easily digestable format, enough to make clearer the events that took place to another generation a world away. If you are looking for deep insight you may not find it here but you will learn why and what happened.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2009
This book will easily and quickly bring you up to speed on the Vietnam war. Excellently put together with just the right ammout of detail to enable you to dive deeper into the history if you so wish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
A concise but well detailed insight into the Vietnam War. Good if you want to know a bit more than the basics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2013
For my son. He said its a good read, and so I am glad I got this. He reads a lot of books on this subject and he found this very informative. Also quick on delivery.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2009
A little light on detail but a good place to start if you want to get to grips with the timeline of the war and the major events.
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