School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-8-Focusing on the American role in the Vietnam War, Dunn opens with background to the war, and then explains how our very limited initial involvement gradually became a quagmire that stretched over five presidencies, badly divided the country, and gave the U.S. its first defeat in war. He recounts the main military events of the conflict, examining how they influenced public and political opinion and our subsequent conduct of the war. He also discusses the widespread protests against the conflict and its legacies in both countries. Dunn is largely objective, but makes it clear that the U.S. involvement in Vietnam was a mistake that created lasting negative domestic and foreign-policy consequences. The text is supplemented by quotes from primary-source materials such as letters, diaries, and published accounts written by soldiers, nurses, and civilians. Average-quality, black-and-white photos illustrate the text, and there is only one map of the region. Although this is an adequate treatment of the topic, it has been covered in numerous extant titles. Albert Marrin's America and Vietnam (Viking, 1992; o.p.) is an excellent single-volume general overview of the entire conflict, and Kevin and Laurie Collier Hillstrom's four-volume set, the "UXL Vietnam War Reference Library" series (UXL, 2000), offers researchers a wealth of materials for reports and papers. This wide variety of available choices makes Dunn's title a supplementary purchase based upon need.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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