America's War in Vietnam: A Short Narrative History

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Indiana University Press, 2000 - History - 191 pages

"This book has been long needed: a concise, complete and dispassionate survey of the Vietnam War.... Best of all, the no-nonsense approach answers questions as soon as they arise in the reader's mind." —Kliatt

"If there is such a thing as an objective account [of the Vietnam War], this is it.... If you want to read one book about Vietnam, read this one." —New York Review of Books

A short, narrative history of the origins, course, and outcome of America's military involvement in Vietnam by an experienced guide to the causes and conduct of war, Larry H. Addington. He begins with a history of Vietnam before and after French occupation, the Cold War origins of American involvement, the domestic impact of American policies on public support, and the reasons for the ultimate failure of U.S. policy.


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This is a great starter book for anyone interested in Vietnam, the war itself or even just America in the late 60's. It covers all the points that need to be covered without going to deep into anyone. Read full review


The Geography of Vietnam and Its History
The Career of Ho Chi Minh to 1939
America and the Indochina War 19461954
Eisenhower and the Road to Americas
CounterInsurgency and
To the Brink 1964
Aftermath and Summing Up

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Larry H. Addington is Professor Emeritus of History at The Citadel. He has been a guest lecturer at the Naval War College, the Marine Command and Staff College, and at various Army schools. He is author of The Blitzkrieg Era, The Patterns of War Through the Eighteenth Century, and The Patterns of War Since the Eighteenth Century.

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