The Vietnam War: A Concise International History

The Vietnam War A Concise International History The Vietnam War remains a topic of extraordinary interest not least because of striking parallels between that conflict and recent fighting in the Middle East In The Vietnam War Mark Atwood Lawrence

  • Title: The Vietnam War: A Concise International History
  • Author: Mark Atwood Lawrence
  • ISBN: 9780195314656
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Vietnam War remains a topic of extraordinary interest, not least because of striking parallels between that conflict and recent fighting in the Middle East In The Vietnam War, Mark Atwood Lawrence draws upon the latest research in archives around the world to offer readers a superb account of a key moment in U.S as well as global history.While focusing on AmericThe Vietnam War remains a topic of extraordinary interest, not least because of striking parallels between that conflict and recent fighting in the Middle East In The Vietnam War, Mark Atwood Lawrence draws upon the latest research in archives around the world to offer readers a superb account of a key moment in U.S as well as global history.While focusing on American involvement between 1965 and 1975, Lawrence offers an unprecedentedly complete picture of all sides of the war, notably by examining the motives that drove the Vietnamese communists and their foreign allies Moreover, the book carefully considers both the long and short term origins of the war Lawrence examines the rise of Vietnamese communism in the early twentieth century and reveals how Cold War anxieties of the 1940s and 1950s set the United States on the road to intervention Of course, the heart of the book covers the American war, ranging from the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem to the impact of the Tet Offensive on American public opinion, Lyndon Johnson s withdrawal from the 1968 presidential race, Richard Nixon s expansion of the war into Cambodia and Laos, and the problematic peace agreement of 1973, which ended American military involvement Finally, the book explores the complex aftermath of the war its enduring legacy in American books, film, and political debate, as well as Vietnam s struggles with severe social and economic problems.A compact and authoritative primer on an intensely relevant topic, this well researched and engaging volume offers an invaluable overview of the Vietnam War.

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    1. Concise overview of the causes and events that led up to the Vietnam War, and the major events on both sides during the war, and the aftermath. Well written. A good supplement to the PBS documentary series about the Vietnam War. 4 stars.

    2. Read this for a grad class. As someone else on here said - the title sums it up pretty well. This is a short, sweet, and to the point survey of the Vietnam War from a more international, less American viewpoint. What makes this particular book 4-star worthy when I've read quite a bit on Vietnam is that Lawrence gives significant weight to the pre-American involvement origins of the Vietnamese conflict, which is so readily overlooked by many American historians. Should I ever find myself in such [...]

    3. For a history book - and I am not a "history buff" -The Vietnam War: A Concise International Historywas interesting and even somewhat enjoyable. Prior to this book, I knew basically nothing about the Vietnam War. This book was appropriate for me in that Mark Atwood Lawrence didn't seem to assume I (the reader) knew anything, so I was able to make my way through this history, steadily gaining knowledge at an appropriate pace. The delivery of this book struck a fine balance between understandable [...]

    4. Actually pretty much what it says in the title. It explores the origins of the Vietnam War from back in the time of French colonialism, passes through the attempts by the French to reassert themselves after WWII, and then discusses the American involvement, but from what seems to an outsider like a reasonably balanced perspective. A pretty decent primer on a very complicated subject, with eerie echoes of what's happening in the Middle East.

    5. The title says it allThis book gives an excellent historical portrayal of the Vietnam War, from the earliest days of French colonization to the last helicopter fleeing the American embassy. While its scope is wide it treats each major event in enough depth to successfully recall the entire period to mind. It goes further to suggest how Vietnam has continued to remain in the American psyche.

    6. Re-red before I branch out into other sources. Well written, accessible, and presents the conflict in a broader (and non-American-centric) perspective. Not the work for an in-depth understanding of American military involvement, conventional battle narratives, or grand strategy, but I have felt (both times) that this book provides a larger understanding necessary for any meaningful understanding of those factors.

    7. I didn't really expect this book to be interesting, and I was right. However, I did learn a lot about the time period and what occurred during the war. What I found most interesting was the end in which it was more about the soldiers and how they merged back into society and how the U.S. reacted towards them.

    8. As one who is only interested in learning about the Vietnam War in order to be more informed and well-rounded, I thought this book was perfect. It didn't go into great amounts of detail, but wasn't overly simplistic, either. The author did his best to relate the story from a more global perspective, which I appreciated. A short read, but well worth it.

    9. Provides a good description of the entire Vietnam war very clearly. Highly recommended and is easy to understand! If you need to do a book report this is the #1 book to read because it clearly states the causes, effects, and all events in the Vietnam War

    10. True to its title. It's very clear and concise. It displays the power game between Washington, Beijing, Moscow, and of course Hanoi-Saigon, but does not run into too much details. Perfect brief capture of the Vietnam war for the ignorant like me.

    11. Very interesting book. I listened to the audiobook and was disappointed in the narrator. Overall he was okay, but I really wish he--or the director--would have researched how to pronounce "Nguyen" and "Hmong" correctly (or at least the closest English equivalent).

    12. a good coverage of the Vietnam War, good writing style and form, solid, sometimes a bit confusing because it orders by topics not time. but overall, it is a good intro book for the vietnam war that is generally easy to understand.

    13. This is a good primer on the Vietnam War for those interested in the political strategy and tactics utilized by the Americans, North Vietnamese, NLF and South Vietnamese.

    14. This book taught me many things about the Vietnam War and helped me understand the causes and effects and events that happened as it went on

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