Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

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by Frances Fitzgerald
     
 

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This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald's own research and travels in Southeast Asia in the era of the Vietnam War, takes us inside Vietnam -- into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt, crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals and monks -- and reveals the country as if

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This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald's own research and travels in Southeast Asia in the era of the Vietnam War, takes us inside Vietnam -- into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt, crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals and monks -- and reveals the country as if through Vietnamese eyes. With a clarity and authority unrivaled by any book before it or since, Fire in the Lake shows how America utterly and tragically misinterpreted the realities of Vietnam.

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Library Journal
Fitzgerald's Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning study of the Vietnam War remains essential reading 30 years after its initial publication. Fitzgerald's analysis differs from combat histories in that it presents the Vietnamese and Americans from a sociological point of view. This edition contains a new afterword in which Fitzgerald updates the story three decades after the American withdrawal. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Charles McGrath
This is the richest kind of contemporary history; it places political and military events in cultural perspective....She is superb at clarifying the differences between Vietnamese and American cultures....This is the best book on Vietnam so far. -- The New York Times Books of the Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679723943
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/17/1989
Pages:
635
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.17(d)

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Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Jerry48 More than 1 year ago
It brings back a lot of memories,and can understand better,since I was there,Jerry