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A magesterial account of the first Viertnam war.,
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This review is from: Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Hardcover)
It is unlikely that anyone will better this account of the war that became the prelude to the first American defeat in a war. Many sources are used to track the origins of the French humliation at the hands of the Viet minh and to show how perfidy among the Western nations - including UK - tried to stop what was seen as a communist thrust in East Asia but in reality was largely a nationalist movement. Detailed absorbing and insightful.