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Embers Of War by Fredrik Logevall
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Aug 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, history
Recommended for: Those involved in the 60s, military people, history buffs w/ interests in Southeast Asia
Read in August, 2012

Well researched and sweeping in scope, this book was provided to me by the publisher as part of First Reads program.

Embers of War: the Fall of an Empire and the making of America's Vietnam is a rather large book; covering the years from 1919 to 1959, before the US enaged the Viet Cong in many years of a war that was divisive both at home and within the military ranks. The amazing amount of research it contains demonstrates that a shocking history of errors and miscalculation served up a situation in which our military and political leaders could have learned enough to either avoid or better handle tensions and connflicts in southeast Asia.

A fascinating book, and meticulous historical retelling, it is probably of most interest to a subset of the population, mainly those who lived through the1960s, military people, history buffs and those with an interest in Southeast Asia.
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