The Real History of the Vietnam War: A New Look at the Past (PagePerfect NOOK Book)by Alan Axelrod
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Released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the escalation of the Vietnam War, this fifth volume in the Real History series draws parallels between contemporary international conflicts and what occurred in Vietnam half a century ago. Events since 2001 suggest that the agonizing lessons Vietnam should have taught us about armed enterprises in remote lands have gone unlearned. In examining questions about that tumultuous era—including the complex political manipulations that led to our entanglement in Vietnam and the intensification of hostilities—Alan Axelrod also enhances our understanding of why we went into both Iraq and Afghanistan. Fascinating sidebars explore pop culture influences, forgotten faces, reality checks, alternate realities, and other amazing details. The highimpact contemporary design includes contemporary photography and maps.
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I am a high school sophomore, and I was required to read this book for a research project my teacher assigned the class. I personally liked this book because it leads me to wonder why people would start something so evil, and why it even started in the first place. In this book, not only did I find out the parts where we (the United Sates) became involved, but I learned about how China, Japan and the French became involved as well. I already knew quite a bit of the Vietnam War before reading this because of my grandfather, but constantly reading about it, hearing stories, seeing pictures, and watching videos truly showed the impact of this war and made me more vulnerable to it. I really liked how Axelrod used side notes and stories throughout the book because it helped me understand and grasp the information a lot easier. The one thing I didn’t care for was the fact that it didn’t fully capture the events in detail about the war, but otherwise I really enjoyed reading it.
I was looking forward to reading this book. I looked at it briefly in the store and liked the content. But when I began reading it at home, I found the print to be slightly too small. I have very good vision and usually no trouble with print size. Also, the text was rendered in a font that I found to be uncomfortable, plus the paper of the pages seemed to reflect light. All in all, I felt that reading this book would lead to eyestrain and resulting headaches. For those reasons, I returned it to the store.