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The Real History of the Vietnam War: A New Look at the Past
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The Real History of the Vietnam War: A New Look at the Past

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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

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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 high-impact contemporary design includes contemporary photography and maps.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The prolific Axelrod (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) has authored numerous histories of American wars, including the Revolution, the Civil War, and WWII. His latest—an accessible book filled with facts and statistics (albeit without attribution)—resembles a 21st-century textbook with its snappy chapter introductions in magazinelike large type, subhead-studded text, and plenty of photographs, sidebars, maps, and pull quotes. This is not necessarily a bad thing. While focusing on military operations, tactics, and strategy, the book covers virtually every important aspect of the war, including its political and geopolitical dimensions, and it contains a balanced mixture of fact and analysis. Axelrod concludes that the war was mishandled by the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations; it was a war, he writes, “with objectives that were not only limited but also highly questionable, often morally repugnant, and finally tragic, a war that never seemed ‘real.’ ” This is a perfect supplement to a class on the conflict, or for those searching for a concise one-volume look at the American war in Vietnam, including its repercussions in the present day. Photos, maps, & illus. Agent: Edward B. Claflin Literary Agency. (May)
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"This captivating volume...does an excellent job of summarizing the most important aspects of the war.... Its glitzy approach may be enough to entice younger users away from total reliance on the Internet." —Booklist
 
"This is a perfect supplement to a class on the conflict, or for those searching for a concise one-volume look at the American war in Vietnam, including its repercussions to the present day." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402790256
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Series:
Real History Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Axelrod is the prolific author of over 60 popular business and history books, including Sterling's CEO, Profiles in, Real History, and Risk series. He has been a creative consultant and on-camera personality for documentary series on A&E and Discovery Channel, among others, and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, and numerous radio programs, including NPR. He has been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, and USA Today. Axelrod lives in Atlanta, GA.

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The Real History of the Vietnam War: A New Look at the Past 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.