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A Short History of the Vietnam War

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Aconcise, accessible history of one of the most important and fascinating conflicts of the 20th century

On March 8, 1965, 3,500 U.S. Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade made an amphibious landing at Da Nang on the south central coast of South Vietnam, marking the beginning of a conflict that would haunt American politics and society for many years, even after t
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Oldcastle Books (first published February 26th 2015)
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Apr 12, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, war
The bombing campaign suffered from the same flaws as the rest of the war, however, its success being measured by the number of sorties flown and the number of bombs dropped. Of Course, what really should have mattered was how effective these sorties were in terms of achieving their objectives.

A Short History of the Vietnam War by Gordon Kerr gives the reads the basic history of the country and the struggles that lead the US into war. Gordon Kerr was born in the Scottish new town of East Kilbride
Apr 26, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book because my dad served in Vietnam and I thought it would be good for me to learn more about it. This was an incredibly depressing read. I knew I wasn't going to get any happy, feel-good vibes from learning about this moment in history, but I did not expect to feel (not just sad) so depressed. That aside, I did almost give up after reading about a third of this book just because it was so dense I was having a hard time absorbing all the information. This is a book I ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Trevor rated it liked it
During a recent visit to the town of bookshops that is Hay-on-Wye I decided I wanted a book about the Vietnam war.

But nothing too heavy, more of a potted history, if you like.

This book offers exactly that, I suppose you could say it does exactly what it says on the tin.

The book covers a history of Vietnam as a whole, including previous wars and conflicts before moving onto the main agenda.

If I had one criticism about the book I'd say it was a little over-political, as you might expect but I was
Aug 18, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it
An excellent introduction for anyone who wants to know about this rather complicated and protracted war and why it was so intractable for the Americans, the French, the Japanese before them and the Chinese before them. Goes into good analysis of the major battles as well as looking at the US domestic view and how it changed over time. Easy to read and a great way for students of this topic to get quickly acquainted with the main points and debates around this conflict.
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Gordon Kerr was born in the Scottish new town of East Kilbride and worked in the wine trade and then bookselling and publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of numerous books in a variety of genres, including art, history, true crime, travel and humour. He has a wife and two children and lives in Hampshire and – when he can – South West France.
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