- Hardcover: 736 pages
- Publisher: Tess Press; 1St Edition edition (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 (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vietnam: A Complete Photographic History Hardcover – September, 2007
Top Customer Reviews
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 !
The text is more general than comprehensive as in highlighting and explaining all the major points/decisions of that time period. If you're a Vietnam buff you will be proud to add this to your collection. By contrast, if you have a more casual or emerging interest in the war, this work will serve as a great jumping off point as you delve deeper into those dark days.
Summary, excellent addition to your bookshelf and historical library. Crisp, clear images and great narrative. Well worth the money.
Worth the purchase...
V/R The PhotogDog (Kent)
While I did find some errors, duplicate photo or two, overall a read
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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