Eyewitness Vietnam: Firsthand Accounts from Operation Rolling Thunder to the Fall of Saigon

Overview

Using the same format that made Eyewitness D-Day so unforgettable, this new volume offers an equally powerful look at the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial conflicts of the 20th century. It was also one of the most divisive. American involvement in Vietnam nearly tore the nation apart, and the war’s repercussions remain a part of the public consciousness. Written by military historian Donald Gilmore and edited by D.M. Giangreco—author of Eyewitness ...

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Overview

Using the same format that made Eyewitness D-Day so unforgettable, this new volume offers an equally powerful look at the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial conflicts of the 20th century. It was also one of the most divisive. American involvement in Vietnam nearly tore the nation apart, and the war’s repercussions remain a part of the public consciousness. Written by military historian Donald Gilmore and edited by D.M. Giangreco—author of Eyewitness D-DayEyewitness Vietnam traces the history of America’s longest war, illuminating its causes, battles, and aftereffects, its unfolding and unraveling. Accompanied by maps and nearly 250 photographs—many seen here for the first time—each chapter highlights a specific operation and special feature of the fighting, from the Viet Cong’s guerrilla tactics to the MIA issue. And, just as in the bestselling Eyewitness D-Day, numerous interviews with first-hand participants, both American and Vietnamese, present a compelling, intimate, and deeply personal view of this tumultuous time.

“I never had the thought that our mission wasn’t worth it. I questioned the rules by which we had to operate…those were dumb. Those cost lives.”—Major Leo Thorsness, Wild Weasel squadron pilot, Medal of Honor recipient

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402728525
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Edition description: Audio CD Included
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 963,516
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Gilmore

Donald Gilmore earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He taught English at the college level then worked as an editor for seventeen years at the U.S. Army's Combat Studies Institute, retiring in 2001. In addition to serving as technical consultant for the Civil War movie Ride With the Devil , Mr. Gilmore has also written articles about the Border War for Journal of the West, History Today, and Wild West .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Eyewitness Vietnam: Firsthand Accounts from Operation Rolling Thunder to the Fall of Saigon

    Historian Donald Gilmore's book is a powerful testimonial commemorating the valor and tenaciousness of our often ignored and under-appreciated Vietnam veterans. The author's outstanding historical overview of the war is as good as any in print and is accompanied by stunning and exciting firsthand eyewitness accounts of the struggle. In addition, the photos in the book provide the reader with a panoramic view of the war, rare images that complement the text and carry the reader from the beginning of the war to its tragic end with powerful images that evoke the heroism of our troops during America's first lost war. The art director of the book, furthermore, has produced a visual feast. The book is simply outstanding in every respect.

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