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Vietnam War, The: A Graphic History

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When Senator Edward Kennedy declared, “Iraq is George Bush’s Vietnam,” everyone understood. The Vietnam War has become the touchstone for U.S. military misadventures—a war lost on the home front although never truly lost on the battlefront. During the pivotal decade of 1962 to 1972, U.S. involvement rose from a few hundred advisers to a fighting force of more than one mill ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Hill and Wang (first published 2009)
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Oct 20, 2014 Derek rated it it was amazing
This book succeeds on two levels. First, it succeeds as an educational tool. It succeeds, in just over 160 pages, in condensing the entire history of The Vietnam War into an understandable and readable narrative. Honestly, I learned more from this book about the entire conflict than I did from several other books I've read on the subject. Granted, it's a "big picture" view of the war, but Zimmerman does an amazing job of filling in the details and complexities of the history, social eras, and pe ...more
ash newton
Apr 25, 2016 ash newton rated it liked it
most of the information available here can be found elsewhere and does not seriously benefit from the graphic treatment given that the art that feels somewhat rushed or incomplete, but there are definitely some redeeming qualities to it. it captures the impact that the war had on domestic politics and society in the united states, as well as providing a play-by-play account of specific military operations and offensives, explaining why they were successful at achieving their desired objectives o ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing
The Vietnam War: A Graphic History written by Dwight Zimmerman and illustrated by Wayne Vansant.[return][return]From the photo-enhanced work of nonfiction "10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War" to the collage illustrated picture book "Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam," a number of outstanding books for young people have recently focused on the Vietnam War. "The Vietnam War: A Graphic History" adds to this exciting trend in visually-rich literature for young people.[return][ ...more
Eli M
Dec 13, 2010 Eli M rated it it was amazing
The book The Vietnam War by Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant, is a very gripping and heroic story told in graphic novel form. Some of the important Information is where this book took place and some of the plans that they had to beat Vietnam such as operation masher used by the USA. This book is structured as a graphic novel. The book is split up into parts these parts are named after what is going on then in the story and for one part the time period. There are pictures in the story. These pictu ...more
David Bales
Dec 03, 2009 David Bales rated it liked it
This was partially good and partially incomplete, (I read it in an hour and a half yesterday). It gives very little background to the origins of the Vietnam War, (i.e., the French in Indochina or the historical struggle of the Vietnamese people to break free of foreign invaders over a thousand years) and is sketchy about the war before President Johnson takes over in 1963. On the other hand, it does provide alot of military history for someone interested in that kind of thing, that is, the milit ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Celestia rated it it was amazing
From my 10 year old:

From this book, I learned about the Vietnam War. It was about the U.S. keeping the Communists of North Vietnam invading the democratic south Vietnam. I think they sort of succeeded. I liked the book because it was about war and soldiers. The graphic history format made it easier to understand.
Alex Johnson
Jan 03, 2016 Alex Johnson rated it liked it
While this was a fun and informative read, I really didn't feel like the graphics added anything to the text. Another issue I had was the jumping around in time, but that is just a personal preference of mine.
Nov 04, 2012 Zach rated it really liked it

Highly recommend to anyone interested in obtaining a better understanding of the key events of the Vietnam War.

A wonderfully concise review of the major events of the Vietnam War. The authors highlight all the key events from Dien Bien Phu to the Ia Drang to Khe Shan & Tet to the Easter Offensive. But what makes this so effective is the ability to put several events in context and show the interplay between military and policy decisions. For example, noting how the Watergate invest
Mar 16, 2014 Sahickman rated it really liked it
An excellent synopsis of the Vietnam War in Graphic Novel form. Just the facts and the major turning points of the decade long war.
Apr 06, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
Lots of good information about the war. Filled in a many gaps in my knowledge of the war.
Jan 04, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
An excellent primer on the war, but the "suggested reading" list at the back of the book is where you should head next. This gives a great overview but it's very "in the moment." There's not enough about the century of French colonialism or, really, the legacy and the real extent of how it has influenced every U.S. military action since. And maybe I was reading too much into it, but I thought they made Richard Nixon out to be oddly magnificent, justifying most of his controversial actions. It se ...more
Mar 24, 2010 Wayne rated it it was ok
Having lived during that era, I would have thought I would have cared a little more for this book. I enlisted in the service in January 1974 and am called a Vietnam Era Veteran. Another words the war was over. Lucky for me. It was always on TV on the evening news etc., but nowadays I don't think I'm far enough removed from that era to appreciate this. I had to fight to finish this. I was just kind of bored and didn't really like all the art. Some of it was great, but the faces bugged me for some ...more
Wendy Feltham
Mar 07, 2012 Wendy Feltham rated it liked it
This book gave me a good background to the military history of the Vietnam War. I returned from a trip to Vietnam with many questions, and this book filled in some of the blanks in my understanding of everything that happened when I was growing up. I liked the graphic format, though I don't ever read graphic novels. One surprise was the positive presentation of Nixon's actions, which made me question why the authors weren't more critical. I appreciated the list of recommended books and websites ...more
Muammad Ali
Mar 29, 2012 Muammad Ali rated it it was amazing
This book is very is non-fiction book. In this book you can learn a lot about Vietnam war. This book tell you how the vietnam war started and how it ended. Dwight Jon Zimmerman(authors) have created a truly graphic history of American's tragic misadventure in Vietnam. It has also Illustration to understant every single thing. This book is mostly about communism and how the U.S.A invlove to stop spreding communism. This book has everything that you want to know.
Jan 05, 2010 Becca rated it it was amazing
The artwork in the book is amazing, you can hear the helicopters and feel like you're watching LBJ in the flesh. The overview is good for what it overview. It doesn't delve very deep into the history of the conflict, but it's worth it for the artwork and as an introductory overview text.
Apr 05, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent overview of the Vietnam War, after the United States got involved. It would be an excellent addition to any history classroom. (It would be great to see a companion volume that provided some information on the Japanese and French times before American phase of the conflict.)
Jun 07, 2013 Tracey rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
American history/graphic format. Comprehensive overview of the decades of US involvement in Vietnam. Does not go into Vietnamese perspectives - for more insight on that, see GB Tran's graphic family history, Vietnamerica.
Oct 07, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
3.5 stars -- I have a great interest in the Vietnam era, so this graphic novel caught my eye. Despite being black and white pen-and-ink, the illustrations were excellent-with convincing facial expressions and meticulous attention to detail. I learned a couple of things too.
shaz rasul
Dec 26, 2012 shaz rasul rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Another great example of "the Graphic Novel" as History! A very well done overview of the Vietnam War with some side trips into the backgrounds of key individuals and moments. Very linear - highlighting the key battles, strategies and political realities of the times.
Oct 30, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
I am quickly becoming a fan of vansant's work. He didn't write this one, but his art effectively complements the text here, which is probably the best overview of the Vietnam War I've encountered. This is nonfiction comics at its finest.
Muhammad Ali
Mar 09, 2012 Muhammad Ali rated it liked it
This book it ok. It tell you how the vitenam war started and what happen and what cause it.
It has best illutraion that would help to understand the book. It is a truly graphic history of american's trajic misadventure in Vietnam.
Jun 10, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Great overview of the Vietnamese war. I thought the art was a bit too static, but it was good a communicating likenesses. The only problem was that it felt too short; I would have loved a longer and more in-depth book.
Joan Kilpatrick
Feb 21, 2012 Joan Kilpatrick rated it really liked it
I know that I lived through all of this history, but I had forgotten lots of it or never knew it all. This was a good quick review to put into perspective things that have left such lasting effects on our society.
Jul 07, 2010 Charles rated it really liked it
I wish more history books were adapted as graphic novels. It makes learning so much more engaging than reading dry, stuffy textbooks.
Dec 05, 2013 Hans rated it liked it
Quick read that helps layout the events of Vietnam into a coherent timeline. This book does make any assumptions or judgements of the war.
Dec 26, 2013 Lilly rated it really liked it
A fascinating way to learn about that part of history.
Jun 29, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing
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DWIGHT JON ZIMMERMAN has written extensively on military-history subjects for American Heritage, the Naval Institute Press, Vietnam Magazine, and numerous military-themed publications. He has adapted children’s versions of books by distinguished authors such as James McPherson and Simon Winchester. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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