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Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History Paperback – November 1, 2001

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"One of the outstanding features...is the attention given to the Vietnamese side, to the Vietnamese history and to the Vietnamese participants in the tragic events of the war."--Times Literary Supplement


"Insightful and carefully crafted to describe a debate rather than take sides in it....The 900-odd entries cover almost every imaginable aspect of the war and its impact on America, with a wealth of cultural and political context."--Washington Post


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Spencer C. Tucker is Professor and holder of the John Biggs Chair in Military History at Virginia Military Institute. He served as a captain in Army Intelligence in 1966-67 and is the author of several books on military history, including Injured Honor: The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair of June 22, 1807. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195135253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195135251
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born into the post-Vietnam generation. My original impressions of that war were Gerald Ford, down-and-out vets, Army surplus stores, Dad's safely hidden .45 Browning, and a friend whose dad served time in jail as a prominent activst. I'd lived in a few different places in the developing world. I'd watched the entire PBS series, Vietnam: A Television History, a few times through. I'd read a good number of eye-opening accounts that offered many different vantage points, ranging from Argument without End, to Bao Ninh's autobiographical novel, to Duong Thu Huong's historical fictionalization. But the long, slow death knell of this disaster still never made real sense.

A lot of discussions of Vietnam compress the entire sweep of that war into a single blot on our country's record. It's easy enough to psychologize the war's outcome: There's the gallery of monumental 'egos', there's the bank of 'fog'. But it seems to me that amounts to the what-if approach, and it hardly resembles a whole generation's experiences with this war. So, then, what really made this war unwinnable? For that, you need to rewind to the beginning, and recount events from a variety of angles, to see what it was that people individually could accomplish, and what was out of reach of any one of them. And when you weren't there yourself, you really need many people's wisdom for guidance.

You can safely let Spencer Tucker's work guide you, no matter how much you already know and understand about the war. Tucker, a military historian of the first rank, assembled an international network of specialists (including both military and civilian historians) to contribute to this volume.
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By David on September 26, 2012
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3 Volumes, of staggering detail. to the level of memoranda and letters from the period, and a staggering number of pictures. This is much better than anything else I've seen. It's put together very well. Well worth it, if you have the interest.
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