Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

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While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.S. involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level ...

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Overview

While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.S. involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.

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"Nguyen should be congratulated for tilting decisively away from America's war in Vietnam. . . . She gives Vietnamese-language sources the attention they deserve."—Critical Asian Studies

"[A] deeply researched, well-argued book."—The VVA Veteran

"Whatever you think you know about the war in Vietnam will be challenged, revised, and deepened by this remarkable book. . . . Hanoi's War is a must-read. . . .The book deserves more attention than it has thus far received. It enriches our understanding of the War in Vietnam and by implication, subsequent American commitments, including the war in Afghanistan."—Artfuse

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807835517
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Series: The New Cold War History Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 473,961
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xii

Introduction 1

Part I The Path to Revolutionary War

1 LeDuan's Rise to Power and the Road to War 17

2 Policing the State in a Time of War 48

Part II Breaking the Stalemate

3 The Battle in Hanoi for the Tet Offensive 87

4 To Paris and Beyond 110

Part III The Pursuit of a Chimeric Victory

5 Sideshows and Main Arenas 153

6 Talking while Fighting 194

Part IV The Making of a Faulty Peace

7 War against Détente 231

8 War for Peace 257

Epilogue 300

Conclusion 305

Notes 313

Bibliography 391

Index 417

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    top recommendation

    "Hanoi's War" is worth it for the bibliography alone. Finally we see the war from the other side and realize that negotiations really only had one purpose...talk while fighting. Also the author puts the onus on Le Duan and Le Duc Tho as the true leaders and the drum beaters for war from the NVN side. This book helps with balancing the picture regarding the outcomes of battles and negotiations. A critical addition to anyone's Vietnam Library.

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