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Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience

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Kolko’s groundbreaking and widely cited study of the Vietnam War, with a new postscript by the author.
Paperback, 688 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by The New Press (first published January 1st 1985)
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Simon Wood
Jan 16, 2014 Simon Wood rated it it was amazing
A TOTAL HISTORY OF A THIRTY YEAR WAR

Forget Stanley Karnow's Pulitzer prize winning "Vietnam: A History", or Neil Sheehan's much celebrated "A Bright Shining Lie", Canadian historian Gabriel Kolko's "Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience" is quite simply the best general history of the American war in Vietnam. As the title suggests this work is primarily a work of analysis, taking the reader from the Japanese occupation towards the end of World War 2
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Feb 14, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing
This is a mammoth social history of the Vietnam War encompassing the RVN, DRV, the Americans, and the average Vietnamese Joe. Those looking for a more straightforward, battle-to-battle historical account of the Vietnam War should look elsewhere. The bulk of Kolko's analysis rests on the various social and economic factors driving the venture of all sides involved in the conflict, particularly the DRV's creative and rational approach to the handling of the war. Based largely in the peasantry,the ...more
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This is a 600-page comprehensive account of how the Vietnamese defeated the US imperialists and their local running dogs! A must-read.
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