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Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost

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As the United States now faces a major defeat in its occupation of Iraq, the history of the Vietnam War, as a historic blunder for US military forces abroad, and the true story of how it was stopped, take on a fresh importance. Unlike most books on the topic, constructed as specialized academic studies, The (Last) War the United States Lost examines the lessons of the Viet ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Haymarket Books
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Mr.
Oct 06, 2008 Mr. rated it really liked it
Joe Allen's brief summation of the U.S. war in Vietnam is an excellent and compact history of both the U.S. war of aggression, as well as the domestic revolution that occurred at home. With excellent precision and historical breadth Allen reviews the context of French colonialism in Vietnam, followed by the US' multiple attempts to reclaim the former colony, namely military funding and support, followed by an air invasion, followed by the full-scale deployment of troops. Allen traces the web of ...more
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Nov 13, 2013 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it
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As the disaster in Iraq continued to be compared with Vietnam, Allen set out to illuminate the history of that conflict, having been obscured by time and distorted by decades of pop culture and political propaganda. Even if you think you know all about it, this book should be read.

By no means exhaustive, this is still a cogent, clear-eyed account that includes the history of colonization in Vietnam and tracks the U.S. involvement since the end of World War II. It examines the results of the war
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Sep 22, 2010 Dictionaryhound rated it it was amazing
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This book highlights what were the major questions, movements, conflicts in the U.S. involved in the build up to the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. It brings into view the debates of Black Civil Rights and Liberation groups, Unions and the Left in relationship to war. It addresses the three key elements that forced the US out of Vietnam: the resistance of the courageous Vietnamese, the anti-war movement in the US and the courageous and suppressed rebellion of soldiers against US military command. Mo ...more
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Seemed alright, but started off with little I hadn't read before. On to something else!
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Based on me throwing a lot of questions to my husband while reading this book, it is accurate and very informative for those of us who were not there. I learned a lot about the US Government, the good and the bad.
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