- Series: Illustrated Histories
- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Hippocrene Books (February 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078180910X
- ISBN-13: 978-0781809108
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.