Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Vietnam War Anthology

Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Vietnam War Anthology

by Andrew J. Rotter
     
 

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Of all of the wars in which the U.S. has been engaged, none has touched a chord as deeply as the conflict in Vietnam. The repercussions of this unsettling episode in American history still resonate in our society. Although it ended more than 20 years ago, the Vietnam War continues to fascinate Americans.

This updated and revised edition of Light at the End of

Overview

Of all of the wars in which the U.S. has been engaged, none has touched a chord as deeply as the conflict in Vietnam. The repercussions of this unsettling episode in American history still resonate in our society. Although it ended more than 20 years ago, the Vietnam War continues to fascinate Americans.

This updated and revised edition of Light at the End of the Tunnel is an exhaustive account of the Vietnam War that gives a total overview of the conflict. Starting with Ho Chi Minh's revolt against the French, Andrew J. Rotter takes the reader through the succeeding years as scholars, government officials, journalists, and others recount the important events and examine issues that developed during this tumultuous time.

Light at the End of the Tunnel offers a broad selection of some of the best writing on the war, with such notable contributors as Stephen Ambrose, Noam Chomsky, and Frances FitzGerald. Vietnam contemporaries such as Robert McNamara and Henry Kissinger lend their voices and perspectives to events surrounding the war. In addition, the subject matter is not just limited to the conflict itself, but also focuses on social issues that affected the American landscape.

This book is essential for anyone who has an interest in truly understanding the Vietnam War. These readings will both educate and entertain students about this turning point in the history of the United States and, indeed, the world.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Compiles 38 writings from Ambrose, Chomsky, and Kissinger as well as less familiar figures that explore the political, military, cultural, and social history and impact of the Indochina wars from the 1940s to perhaps finally "letting go" (as the final entry by a Vietnamese woman who returned to Vietnam in 1986 is titled). Includes some photos and about double items of the first edition (St. Martin's Press, 1991). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
Steven Hood
Andrew Rotter's anthology on the Vietnam War has always been the best book available on this conflict. This third edition has been substantially revised. Rotter has retained those articles that are essential for understanding the scope and complexity of the Vietnam War and has included new articles that will give students even more insight into the many facets of American and Southeast Asian history that continue to haunt us to this day.
Seth Jacobs
Light at the End of the Tunnel is the best Vietnam War anthology available. Andrew Rotter’s freshman-friendly twenty-page capsule history of this complex conflict is a godsend to teachers and worth the price of the book all by itself. I didn't think this anthology could get any better, but darned if Rotter hasn't pulled it off.
Susan Farnsworth
As in the earlier editions, Andrew Rotter shows a keen understanding of the best ways to enhance classroom debate, compiling a text that is accessible, readable, and sensitive to the deep interest in Vietnam shared by today's students. In its diversity and centrality of topics, its balanced inclusion of readable, accessible and academically respected articles, and its genuine tolerance and sympathy, this text remains one of the best options available in support of Vietnam courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461638896
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
516
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew J. Rotter is Charles A. Dana Professor of History at Colgate University.

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