Vietnam: A Visual Encyclopedia

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The Vietnam War produced a quarter century of violence in faraway swamps and home-front streets, and it still haunts America's view of the world. Take a look back at every aspect of that turbulent era in a visual encyclopedia of over 500 extraordinary photos and alphabetized entries. The breadth of content and size of this massive illustrated volume will stun you with its completeness. The bloodiest battles and the most complex campaigns, the deadliest weapons of air, land, and sea, the heroes and villains, the ...
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Overview

The Vietnam War produced a quarter century of violence in faraway swamps and home-front streets, and it still haunts America's view of the world. Take a look back at every aspect of that turbulent era in a visual encyclopedia of over 500 extraordinary photos and alphabetized entries. The breadth of content and size of this massive illustrated volume will stun you with its completeness. The bloodiest battles and the most complex campaigns, the deadliest weapons of air, land, and sea, the heroes and villains, the military leaders and political powers from both sides, receive an A-to-Z treatment from all the experts and all world's best photographers. You'll once again see the angry protesters and patriotic commentators who fueled passions on both sides. Coverage starts in 1950 with post-World War II upheavals, and ends in 1975 with Hanoi's final takeover. Special feature: a blow-by-blow chronology chart of all major military and political events. Photos range from documenting of personnel, tanks, planes, and ships displaying their special insignias to graphic, award-winning scenes of horrific agonies suffered by combatants and innocents alike.
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Gutzman, a freelance writer who served multiple tours of duty in Vietnam, has compiled and written a visually stunning encyclopedia focusing on U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The many photographs are the most compelling aspect of the book. Often in full color, they include mainly scenes of military activity and its results. The individual entries vary in quality, with the best involving military aspects of the war. Political and domestic considerations receive somewhat short shrift, as do Vietnamese elements of the conflict. For example, important South Vietnamese leader Nguyen Kanh receives less space than the Omega Project, a small American reconnaissance unit. In terms of text, the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, edited by Simon Kutler, remains the best work of its kind. Nonetheless, this is a valuable and reasonably priced resource that should be required viewing if not required reading. Recommended for most libraries.-A.O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781856486392
  • Publisher: PRC Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    A truly comprehensive and balanced source.

    I bought this book because I was impressed with some of the photographs when I thumbed through it in a store. However, the quality of the chronology, and the succinct and comprehensive descriptive entries are by far the things that make it more than worthwhile. An outstanding reference/source.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    A Stunning Photo Journey of the War

    I tripped across this book by accident, and cannot believe my good fortune. The author has put together an unforgettable collection of photographs, and has supplemented them with the most lucid and straight forward explanations of the complex events of the war I have ever found. His coverage is comprehensive, and his treatment avoids all of the political posturing these kinds of things generally have. A dazzeling accomplishment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    At Last! A Book That Just Says What Happened

    I have been a student of the Vietnam War for nearly 15 Years, and this is the first time I have ever run across a book that simply took the things that happened and the people that were involved and didn't try to add a political or philosophical "twist" to them. The topic list is extremely comprehensive, and the photographs that supplement the text are absolutely great. It is a real pity that a layman had to be the one to compile what is essentially a historical dictionary of the Vietnam War, but there are probably very few academics who had the author's clear depth of experience, and are willing to forego incorporating their "Viewpoint" into the material. A great source. I hope the author does something else on the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Absolutely Outstanding Book

    The photographs in this book are absolutely incredible and cover the entire spectrum of American and Allied involvement. They don't concentrate on any given service, but cover them all, even the Coast Guard. I was particularly struck by the pictures from Laos, because nobody ever thinks about that part of the war. It also covers the Allied participation so that the reader can get a flavor of what really happened, and with no political spin. A GREAT book - easily deserving of 5 stars!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    Vietnam, 365 days

    As a radio repairmen 31e20. I myself seen so many of the places in your book. Your photos have brought back many memeories. In your account of Pres. Johnson visit to Southeast Asia,I'd have to differ from you. My account is Pres. Johnson was in country in 67, for I and my fellow troopers set up the pa system in Cam Ranh Bay for Pres. Johnsons visit. We set a pa system up inside a hanger in case of inclimate weather, and one outside if Pres. Johnson wanted to be outside. Thank you for bringing back some good times and some other times in which I'm healing from today.

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