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Vietnam at War 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0192803498
ISBN-10: 0192803492
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From The New Yorker

Western narratives of the twentieth-century wars in Vietnam, Bradley writes, have “rendered the Vietnamese almost invisible in the making of their own history.” In this corrective study, Bradley skimps on anecdote and characterization, and his short treatise too often reads like a long encyclopedia entry. At its best, though, the book is a kind of review of Vietnamese literature, drawing on the war diary of a conflicted provincial physician, a novel about a paratrooper who is afraid to jump, irreverent peasant verse, playful proverbs (“The moon in China is much rounder than in the USA”), and the nineteen-sixties antiwar songs of the draft-dodging Trinh Công Son.
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"This book's high level of craftsmanship deserves recognition...well organized and fluidly written...Clear, concise, comprehensive, and adorned with revealing photographs and instructive suggestions for further reading, Vietnam at War is perfectly crafted for use in an undergraduate course." -- H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192803492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192803498
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is perfect for what it is, a concise history of Vietnam at war from the point of view of Vietnam. Everything is covered from Vietnamese day-to-day life to major war developments. The author maintains a neutral point of view and the text is a joy to read. While there's no time for any detailed analysis of the wars, it'd have been fitting to devote just a few pages to a short analysis of how two Great Powers failed to beat the communists militarily even with all their resources. Now such questions are merely noted in passing. Other interesting details such as cultural differences between the North and South that might have contributed to the rise of Communism in the North are covered.
After three decades of war the Vietnamese have every right to ask whether it was worth it. While communism failed to deliver on its promises, the book ends on an optimistic note as Vietnam has experienced two decades of rapid economic growth and a significant rise in pluralism. But these developments have come at a cost - the destruction of some old traditions, some of which a modern reader is bound to find obsolete even if the author avoids any such judgements.
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I bought this book on my Kindle, and it is a good read about the Vietnam War from every perspective.

My only issue with it is that this book does not choose to display the actual page numbers as per http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_k3read_format?nodeId=200505500&#pages . This was very frustrating when I had to cite the book, or know which pages we were reviewing for class.
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Brad knew his stuff.
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Wonderfully written
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I bought this for a class. I felt it was fairly easy to read. Enjoyed it. My "used" quality book was worth the price and the savings!
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