The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

An Intimate History

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"A comprehensive look at the Vietnam War"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307700254
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 WARD
Characteristics: xiii, 612 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Burns, Ken 1953-
Novick, Lynn
Alternative Title: Vietnam War (Motion picture)


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IndyPL_JamesM Jul 01, 2019

The companion volume to the 10-part PBS series by Ken Burns, the book plunges us into the madness of a war which still haunts us after half a century. Like the tv series, the book follows the progress of the war in fascinating detail. There are interviews and profiles of dozens of people (on both sides) who played a part in the conflict. There are also hundreds of photos throughout to enhance the overall story and help us to understand why the war evolved as it did and the legacy that was left for us to ponder.

Dec 29, 2017

Excellent one volume history of the war that began with the French War against the Viet Minh. Much more detail, obviously, that what could be covered in the TV series. As an infantryman in the Central Highlands from 1969-1970, the series and this book brought back lots of memories. After returning from this war, I thought the real crazy times in our country would never again return, but I was wrong per the 2016 election through today.

Jul 11, 2017

If the miniseries is as good as this book, we'll have another Ken Burns classic to enjoy soon. This book has a lot of excellent first-person narratives from both sides of the conflict combined with solid historical scholarship. It is well done and a nice companion piece.


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