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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand overview of Vietnam's recent military history since WW2
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The vietnam war.
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand overview of Vietnam's recent military history since WW2, 15 Jun 2012
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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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, 10 Oct 2013
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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 have some understanding of.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short in places, 8 Oct 2013
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I know it's meant to be but by comparison to other books in the series made giant leaps at times with little explanation. Shorter appendices and longer narrative would have been better.
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