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Summons of Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Clear and concise, this is a masterful history of America's war in Vietnam.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Presidio Press (first published January 1978)
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Martin
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It should probably be a text book for High School and College courses on the war. I saw that another reviewer called it "Clear and Concise"- right on. Palmer encapsulates the war in easily digestible bits and then uses examples wisely. There are almost enough maps. The book, like the war crescendos with Tet 1968- won and lost in the same month. I think more modern works assess the motives and methods of the Hanoi Politburo more deeply using newer information, but Palmer ...more
Johnny
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like the PBS series "Battlefield Vietnam" in book form. That means that it is good history, correct history, and unbiased history. It shows the Vietnam War for what it really was, not how the media portrays it.
Bryan
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was required reading for me in an American military history class, and for good reason: Palmer was a hawk, and a colonel at the time of the war I believe, but he pulls no punches about where he feels America went both right and wrong.
Seth
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Vietnam nerds
Shelves: vietnam, memoir
A confessed hawks interpretation of the history of the Vietnam War from start to finish. Essentially he says wh should have, and could have won if the soldiers hadn't been held back by the politicians. General war-mongery, but nevertheless, a fairly interesting read.
David Teska
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of the first books I ever read about the Vietnam War. Not necessarily the best but one that attempted to explain the U.S. prosecution of the war and why it went so bad.
Jefferson Coombs
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This book covers the battles of Vietnam. It was worth the read but not great.
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