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Vietnam: An Illustrated History (Illustrated Histories (Hippocrene)) Paperback – February 1, 2002
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About the Author
Woods was born in Southeast Asia and lived there for 15 years, growing up immersed in the various cultures and languages of Southeast Asia highlanders. In 1994 he received his PhD in Southeast Asia History from the University of California. He currently serves as Associate Professor of history and Associate Dean at Boise State University.
Top Customer Reviews
The manner in which the author presented the order of events were confusing and very difficult to follow as it seems like he was jumping back and forth between decades/centuries. The grammar is untasteful and rough to my ears in spots of the book. The pacing of the book seemed inconsistent - he presented a lot of details in the beginning and the middle, but the ending was so abrupt and rushed...it didn't have any substance like the rest of the book.
On another note, it seems as though there are not many Vietnamese history books that goes back in the 1800s (mostly starting with the Vietnam War) - so I appreciate the author for writing this book.
There are many assumptions that the author makes and he chooses to present them as facts. They may be scholarly assumptions but presenting them as facts is still misleading and therefore, wrong.
If Mr. Woods had simply said "It can therefore be assumed that ...", I would have gone ahead and given his book the four stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very quick, easy and informative read. This book would suit those who know very little about Vietnam's history.Published 4 months ago by k8er
The author Shelton Woods writes clearly and simply. He organizes the story well and tells the history with a sympathetic view of the people of Vietnam. Read morePublished 13 months ago by mary jane fritzen
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