The Real History of the Vietnam War: A New Look at the Past

The Real History of the Vietnam War: A New Look at the Past

by Alan Axelrod

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Released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the escalation of the Vietnam War, this fifth volume in the Real History series draws parallels between contemporary international conflicts and what occurred in Vietnam half a century ago.
Events since 2001 suggest that the agonizing lessons Vietnam should have taught us about armed enterprises in remote lands have gone unlearned. In examining questions about that tumultuous era—including the complex political manipulations that led to our entanglement in Vietnam and the intensification of hostilities—Alan Axelrod also enhances our understanding of why we went into both Iraq and Afghanistan. Fascinating sidebars explore pop culture influences, forgotten faces, reality checks, alternate realities, and other amazing details. The high-impact contemporary design includes contemporary photography and maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454901723
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Series: Real History Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 579,943
File size: 66 MB
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About the Author

Alan Axelrod is the prolific author of over 60 popular business and history books, including Sterling's CEO, Profiles in, Real History, and Risk series. He has been a creative consultant and on-camera personality for documentary series on A&E and Discovery Channel, among others, and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, and numerous radio programs, including NPR. He has been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, and USA Today. Axelrod lives in Atlanta, GA.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae vi

Author's Note x

Part 1 Empire, Ideology, Humanity

Chapter 1 People of the Great Viet 2

Chapter 2 Toward the Twilight of Empire 18

Chapter 3 From World War to Dirty War 34

Chapter 4 Propping Up the Domino 56

Part 2 Insurgency

Chapter 5 The Torch Is Passed 80

Chapter 6 Victor Charlie 96

Part 3 Johnson's War

Chapter 7 The Peace Candidate 124

Chapter 8 An Inch at a Time 146

Chapter 9 Main Force 170

Chapter 10 The Tet Paradox 190

Part 3 Nixon's War

Chapter 11 "The Whole World Is Watching" 220

Chapter 12 Vietnamization and Demoralization 242

Chapter 13 They Were All the Enemy 260

Chapter 14 Tricky Dick 276

Chapter 15 Decline and Fall 292

Part 5 Wake

Chapter 16 Collateral Damage 314

Chapter 17 Lessons Learned, Lessons Unlearned 332


Vietnam War Timeline 352

Live and in Person 356

Read More, See More 359

Index 362

Picture Credits 372

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore, and I was required to read this book for a research project my teacher assigned the class. I personally liked this book because it leads me to wonder why people would start something so evil, and why it even started in the first place. In this book, not only did I find out the parts where we (the United Sates) became involved, but I learned about how China, Japan and the French became involved as well. I already knew quite a bit of the Vietnam War before reading this because of my grandfather, but constantly reading about it, hearing stories, seeing pictures, and watching videos truly showed the impact of this war and made me more vulnerable to it. I really liked how Axelrod used side notes and stories throughout the book because it helped me understand and grasp the information a lot easier. The one thing I didn’t care for was the fact that it didn’t fully capture the events in detail about the war, but otherwise I really enjoyed reading it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book. I looked at it briefly in the store and liked the content. But when I began reading it at home, I found the print to be slightly too small. I have very good vision and usually no trouble with print size. Also, the text was rendered in a font that I found to be uncomfortable, plus the paper of the pages seemed to reflect light. All in all, I felt that reading this book would lead to eyestrain and resulting headaches. For those reasons, I returned it to the store.