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The Resource Vietnam : an epic tragedy : 1945-1975, Max Hastings

Vietnam : an epic tragedy : 1945-1975, Max Hastings

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Vietnam : an epic tragedy : 1945-1975
Title
Vietnam
Title remainder
an epic tragedy : 1945-1975
Statement of responsibility
Max Hastings
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Vietnam became the Western world's most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. He portrays the set pieces of Dienbienphu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam, and less familiar battles such as the bloodbath at Daido, where a US Marine battalion was almost wiped out, together with extraordinary recollections of Ho Chi Minh's warriors. Here are the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed 2 million people. Many writers treat the war as a US tragedy, yet Hastings sees it as overwhelmingly that of the Vietnamese people, of whom forty died for every American. US blunders and atrocities were matched by those committed by their enemies. While all the world has seen the image of a screaming, naked girl seared by napalm, it forgets countless eviscerations, beheadings and murders carried out by the communists. The people of both former Vietnams paid a bitter price for the Northerners' victory in privation and oppression. Here is testimony from Vietcong guerrillas, Southern paratroopers, Saigon bargirls and Hanoi students alongside that of infantrymen from South Dakota, Marines from North Carolina, Huey pilots from Arkansas. No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings' readers know so well. The author suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle with so many lessons for the 21st century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges. He marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers, to create an extraordinary record
Summary
The best-selling author of The Secret War draws on survivor interviews from both sides in a modern history of the Vietnam War that discusses its hotly debated political divides, major and lesser-known battles and brutal human costs
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Writing style
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10732686
Cataloging source
NJB
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Hastings, Max
Dewey number
959.7043
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam
Target audience
adult
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an epic tragedy, 1945-1975
Label
Vietnam : an epic tragedy : 1945-1975, Max Hastings
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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  • cartographic image
  • cartographic image
  • still image
  • text
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  • cri
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  • sti
  • txt
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Control code
000063976703
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxx, 722 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780008132996
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1054399712
Label
Vietnam : an epic tragedy : 1945-1975, Max Hastings
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • cartographic image
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • cri
  • cri
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000063976703
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxx, 722 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780008132996
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1054399712

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