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Ten Thousand Day War: Vietnam: 1945-1975 Paperback – September, 1982

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (September 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380609703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380609703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Ten Thousand Day War is the best book on the subject I have ever read. As a student who already knew a good bit about the war, it deepened my knowledge, particulary in the French war in Indochina and America's involvement in it. The book is definitely fascinating and was written after the war ended, giving it a retrospective feel. The book is not extremely long but gives you all the information you will need to fully understand why French and American troops fought and died in a country that most people couldnt find on a map and why it is still a huge controversy to this day. Also, the book doesnt shove opinions down your throat, it is a history of the war and allows you to see the war from different viewpoints with reference to many of the important figures of the war. An excellent read that cuts through the controversy with the facts.
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A friend recommended he book to me and I enjoyed the book, almost as much as the Vietnamese probably hated the 10,000 days of war they survived. The book does a great job of putting the war into the context of the post WWII collapse of colonial empire as well as the domestic political conditions that led to disasters in participation and execution.

The author's description of Ho's long term strategy and the contrast of that strategy with the US election cycle show the importance of understanding the enemy and reminds me that comics can Pogo got it right when he said: "We have met the enemy and the enemy is us."
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As an avid student of the Vietnam War, I have read dozens of non-fiction histories and memoirs about the war. This is unequivocally one of the worst I have come across. Page 1 of the aknowledgements pretty much indicates what the quality of this book is going to be:

"This book was made possible in large measure by the extensive contribution of Peter Arnett . . . this book is based on [Arnett's] interviews."

Since Arnett's journalistic work is the basis of this "history", let's take a moment to review Arnett's career:

Arnett is a rabid America-basher who reported during the 1991 Gulf War that the USAF had bombed a baby milk factory in Baghdad. His evidence for this was a hand-painted sign reading "Baby Milk" in ENGLISH in front of the factory, and a lab coat with stitched lettering reading (again in ENGLISH) "BABY MILK PLANT IRAQ". In 1998 Arnett was fired by CNN for his "Operation Tailwind" story which falsely accused US forces of using sarin to kill US defectors in Laos in 1970. Most recently Arnett was fired by National Geographic and NBC for openly encouraging Iraqi forces on state TV from Baghdad during the Iraq invasion. He was then immediately hired by Britain's radical antiwar Daily Mirror.

Maclear's reliance on him may explain the endless misleading and blatantly false assertions that appear in this book. Indeed, it is so filled with ludicrous assertions that I will only bother to address a few:

Maclear obviously hero-worships Ho Chi Minh. He informs us of Ho's "compassion and lifetime patriotism (pg. 2)". He talks about how Ho "emotionally" told an OSS officer of the terrible suffering of the Vietnamese people during a recent famine (pg. 2).
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Nice guide.
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