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Vietnam : a history by Stanley Karnow
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Vietnam : a history (original 1983; edition 1984)

by Stanley Karnow

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Examines American involvement in the Vietnam War, delves into the decision-making process in Washington and Asia, and presents interviews with participants on both sides.
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Title:Vietnam : a history
Authors:Stanley Karnow
Info:New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Penguin Books, 1984, c1983. xiii, 752 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow (1983)

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Very good for the lead up to the war and the history of Vietnam, sets the context of the war nicely. However in a 600 page book less than 200 pages are on the period after 1965. It is solid when it comes to political and diplomatic efforts, but next to nothing on the actual fighting. The author does a good job of looking at the North Vietnamese, the South Vietnamese (too often ignored) and the Americans and their viewpoints. ( )
  bookmarkaussie | Jul 31, 2018 |
5209. Vietnam A History, by Stanley Karnow (read 16 Oct 2014) This book was published in 1983 and is a full history of Vietnam from 1945 to April 1975, when the government we spent so many millions propping up fell. It is a sad story and while my reading was admiratory of the way Karnow tells the story it is a dolorous story, with no American president coming out as a farseeing and wise man. Sometimes the account is not organized as well as one would want, with the story dropping back and forth. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Oct 16, 2014 |
phenomenal, detailed, intelligent, considered, and mostly unbiased history of the country and war
  FKarr | May 19, 2013 |
Audio product here.

A rather lengthy and dense history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war. While generally chronological, there are a number of points where this is not strictly adhered to. Karnow's narrative is methodical and not stylish; on the plus side, he incorporates quotes from numerous interviews with politicians, U.S. and Vietnamese military personnel, and others.

Others' reviews are generally positive, but some fault Karnow's scholarship or perspective. I can't evaluate the legitimacy of these concerns, but can say that in relation to other histories and memoirs, Karnow appears to do a good job of representing Vietnamese as well as American accounts.

Two deficits associated with the audiobook are the obvious omission of Karnow's many photographs and the reader's frequent mispronunciations (e.g., NEE-po-tism).

Read with [b:Born on the Fourth of July|33613|Born on the Fourth of July|Ron Kovic|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1168455139s/33613.jpg|33666] and [i:]A Viet Cong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath[/i:] or other memoirs with a military emphasis. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
This book represents just that - the best single volume history of the war, in my opinion. The first couple of chapters cover the early history of 'Indochina' and French colonialism, and then the rest of the text covers the history of Vietnam up to ~1980. This breadth of coverage (notably the war under Nixon) is not available in 'Bright Shining Lie' or 'Fire in the Lake' - the best of the other histories of the Vietnam war, and 'Best and the Brightest' is a political history.

The chapter structure is logical and the writing style maintained my interest throughout the book. It won the Pulitzer, so why write more? A wonderful history book. ( )
  cwhouston | Nov 21, 2010 |
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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date and balanced account we have of the Vietnam War."
added by GYKM | editBoston Globe, Fox Butterfield
 
"First-rate as a popular contribution to understanding the war."
added by GYKM | editNew York Times Book Review, Douglas Pike
 
"This is history writing at its best."
added by GYKM | editChicago Sun-Times
 
"A landmark work. Exceptionally well researched and well written, it is the most complete account to date of the Vietnam tragedy."
added by GYKM | editWashington Post Book World, Harry G. Summers
 
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