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The Vietnam War: A Concise International History

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  15 reviews

The Vietnam War remains a topic of extraordinary interest, not least because of striking parallels between that conflict and more recent fighting in the Middle East. In The Vietnam War, Mark Atwood Lawrence draws upon the latest research in archives around the world to offer readers a superb account of a key moment in U.S. as well as global history.

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Published January 1st 1900 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Brandy
Read this for a grad class.
As someone else on here said - the title sums it up pretty well. This is a short, sweet, and to the point survey of the Vietnam War from a more international, less American viewpoint. What makes this particular book 4-star worthy when I've read quite a bit on Vietnam is that Lawrence gives significant weight to the pre-American involvement origins of the Vietnamese conflict, which is so readily overlooked by many American historians. Should I ever find myself in such
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Anne
Really concise and interesting book about the events leading up to the war, the war and after.
Hollis
This is a good primer on the Vietnam War for those interested in the political strategy and tactics utilized by the Americans, North Vietnamese, NLF and South Vietnamese.
James
Probably the best history I'll read on the Vietnam war, what led to it, and what the aftermath was.
nicki
A rather impartial look at the Vietnam war.
Lauren
Well-written but I couldn't read much without falling asleep each night. Sigh.
Trish
Actually pretty much what it says in the title. It explores the origins of the Vietnam War from back in the time of French colonialism, passes through the attempts by the French to reassert themselves after WWII, and then discusses the American involvement, but from what seems to an outsider like a reasonably balanced perspective. A pretty decent primer on a very complicated subject, with eerie echoes of what's happening in the Middle East.
John
Re-red before I branch out into other sources. Well written, accessible, and presents the conflict in a broader (and non-American-centric) perspective. Not the work for an in-depth understanding of American military involvement, conventional battle narratives, or grand strategy, but I have felt (both times) that this book provides a larger understanding necessary for any meaningful understanding of those factors.
Erin
Very interesting book. I listened to the audiobook and was disappointed in the narrator. Overall he was okay, but I really wish he--or the director--would have researched how to pronounce "Nguyen" and "Hmong" correctly (or at least the closest English equivalent).
Sara
As one who is only interested in learning about the Vietnam War in order to be more informed and well-rounded, I thought this book was perfect. It didn't go into great amounts of detail, but wasn't overly simplistic, either. The author did his best to relate the story from a more global perspective, which I appreciated. A short read, but well worth it.
linhtalinhtinh
True to its title. It's very clear and concise. It displays the power game between Washington, Beijing, Moscow, and of course Hanoi-Saigon, but does not run into too much details. Perfect brief capture of the Vietnam war for the ignorant like me.
Wendy Ma
a good coverage of the Vietnam War, good writing style and form, solid, sometimes a bit confusing because it orders by topics not time. but overall, it is a good intro book for the vietnam war that is generally easy to understand.
Jim Flora
A interesting and useful overview of a complex subject.
Bill Crew
Very good brief introduction!
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