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Vietnam: An American Ordeal (6th Edition) Paperback – March 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0205637409 ISBN-10: 020563740X Edition: 6th

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020563740X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205637409
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a variety of undergraduate-level history courses covering recent U.S. history and the U.S. experience in Vietnam, including courses in military history, modern U.S. diplomatic history, and courses on the Cold War and on Southeast Asia. This text provides a comprehensive narrative history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1942 to 1975-with a concluding section that traces U.S.-Vietnam relations from the end of the war in 1975 to the present. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnam-which are either conventional diplomatic or military histories-this text synthesizes the perspectives to explore both dimensions of the struggle in greater depth, elucidating more of the complexities of the U.S.-Vietnam entanglement. It explains why Americans tried so hard for so long to stop the spread of Communism in Indochina, and why they ultimately failed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This text provides a comprehensive narrative history of the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia -- from the mid-1940s to the mid-1970s. It takes a balanced, unbiased look at all aspects of the war, and discusses why Americans tried so hard so long to stop the spread of Communism into Indochina, and why they failed. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy R. Nix on August 2, 2012
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I purchased this book as a textbook, and that is likely the only reason I would have ever spent this much money on a paperback history of the Vietnam War.

It is absolutely riveting. I honestly cannot understand why anyone would say it is poorly-written. Of all the textbooks I have ever been forced to read in college, this one is the one which came closest to becoming a pleasure read. The narrative is exceptionally politically-neutral, and as a member of the generation born to veterans of this war, I cannot thank the author enough for his treatment of this subject. Our fathers will not talk to us about the Vietnam War, and Hollywood's portrayals are all skewed to the point of being useless as information. We feel our ignorance and lament the inability of our parents to explain it to us. This book does it...and does it well. I'm so grateful that my professor chose this book for us to use. It's wonderful, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

As a textbook, it delivers. The paper is thick enough to withstand highlighting without bleed-through. The margin on the lefthand side of the pages is more than an inch thick, making it simple and convenient to make notes in the margins as you read. It is lightweight and a good size for comfort.

I have to give it an enthusiastic five stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P Conway on August 7, 2006
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This is one of the very best books on America's Vietnam experience. Unlike most books on the war it combines historical, cultural, military, and political perspectives.

Moss is also clear on how the media reported the war and how myths about media bias have clouded America's understanding of the war.
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Hard to read hard to understand, not very interesting, This should have been a very interesting subject to study but it wasnt
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It was easy to read and peruse. Useful for the history course I just finished. Helped me keep my 4.0 GPA
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By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2013
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Great book. Used for a college class and it was everything I needed. Great read and I would advise to read it if the topic interests you.
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By Pepper on January 5, 2013
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I lucked up and got this book just in time for the semester to start and it was a good price and much better deal that the price at the book store.
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