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Vietnam: A Complete Photographic History Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Tess Press (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579124070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579124076
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Poncet on March 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, containing many photographs- more than 2000 - vividly describing a war that marked the generation that lived through it as young men and women, wether they actually fought in it or not. Europeans saw the Vietnam war as the epitome of US imperialism or as a necessary battle against communism, depending on their political views, but no European university was immune from some "Vietnam Basis Committee" in the sixties. Michael Maclear's book is an excellent way to experience again the tragedies, the agonies, the unbelievable suffering of the war as well as the courage and the gallantry of those who fought on all sides. The book comes as a perfect complement to Stanley Karnow's "Vietnam a History".
Unfortunately, the editing of the photographs is somewhat haphazard and the captions are frequently unrelated to the pictures they purport to explain. There are many examples of this sloppy editing until the very end of the book. At the epilogue on page 729, for instance, which features a photograph of what is very obviously a French soldier, probably a Moroccan, one finds the nonsensical caption "Vietminh soldier patrols the countryside in a flat-bottomed boat during the war against the French" !
Other captions contain spelling mistakes; some pictures are displayed twice without any reason (the helicopter taking off from the US embassy on page 715 is to be seen again at page 718);sometimes the same caption is repeated but makes no sense for either picture, etc. All of that is quite annoying to the attentive reader.
This review is based on the 2003 edition, for which no compliments should be paid to the publishers, either Tess Press (New York) or Black Dog & Leventhal, also of New York. There seems to be a 2007 edition, hopefully without the same irritating mistakes. Potential buyers are advised to check which edition they pick. Caveat emptor !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EcoDesigner on September 25, 2012
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I really like this book. Other Vietnam war photo books are mostly filled with gory/graphic images of violence, or sobering "artistic" shots of death/destruction. I appreciate that this book has so many photos, not just of gore but of history, important events, and people. I feel that it gives a very good sense of what the war was like, from various angles.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas L. Millar on September 11, 2010
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An excellent book. Takes one through the history of Vietnam from French era, through WWII and into the US involvement. Excellent photos. Provides information and makes no judgements. One of the best books on the era I've read. Highly recommend it.
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By R Jack Santos on July 4, 2014
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good book- brought back memories of when I was there
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