Vietnam War Almanac

Vietnam War Almanac

by James H. Willbanks
     
 

The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial and divisive events in U.S. history since the Civil War. Stretching from approximately 1957 to 1973, this watershed event claimed the lives of thousands of Americans and cost billions of dollars. The Vietnam War Almanac contains a detailed, day-by-day chronology of the events of this conflict and an A-to-Z dictionary… See more details below

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The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial and divisive events in U.S. history since the Civil War. Stretching from approximately 1957 to 1973, this watershed event claimed the lives of thousands of Americans and cost billions of dollars. The Vietnam War Almanac contains a detailed, day-by-day chronology of the events of this conflict and an A-to-Z dictionary of the key figures involved in the Vietnam War, in addition to a comprehensive listing of vital statistics in the appendix. Maps, illustrations, and an extensive bibliography aid further research and complete this invaluable almanac.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

An installment in Facts On File's "Almanacs of American Wars" series, this volume is divided into two distinct parts. Part 1 is a chronological history of Vietnam, covering brief summaries of events in Vietnam's history through 2000. Daily events begin appearing in 1940, with the majority between 1950 and the late 1970s. The entries won't give readers a great deal of depth; instead, they give a brief overview of what occurred on specific days. Part 2 is an A-to-Z of 150 brief biographies covering people involved in the conflict. Various appendixes provide information on casualties, Medal of Honor recipients, and troop size. Lastly, an 11-page map section shows battles, states, and other aspects of the country.
—James Langan

School Library Journal

Gr 6-10

A detailed chronology of more than 400 pages is sandwiched between a concise introduction to the war's historical background and course and a short-entry biographical encyclopedia of major military and civilian figures. The chronology runs from Vietnam's legendary founding in 2879 B.C. to President Clinton's visit in November 2000. Proceeding almost day by day through the conflict, Willbanks splits entries into categories such as "Ground War," "USA-Domestic," and "North Vietnam." In general, the author reports facts in a journalistic style and stays away from editorial comment, though he dubs the 1969 Menu bombings of Cambodia "covert and illegal" and characterizes the My Lai massacre as "the most publicized war atrocity committed by U.S. troops in Vietnam," emphasizing that it wasn't the only one. The biographical sketches cover individuals from President Nixon, Alexander Haig, and Ho Chi Minh to Abbie Hoffman, Eldridge Cleaver, and Walter Cronkite. It's unlikely that the book's audience will make much use of the extensive, small-print bibliography, and the black-and-white photos are both muddy and thinly scattered. However, several maps, a series of statistical tables, and other supplementary material add value to this resource, and the index is sufficiently comprehensive to make up for the lack of cross-references in the main body. Collections that lack Kevin Hillstrom's Vietnam War: Almanac (Gale, 2001) and John S. Bowman's The Vietnam War Almanac (Barnes & Noble, 2005) should consider adding this one to bring this conflict into finer focus than do the general treatments on most libraries' shelves.-John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816082483
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/15/2010
Series:
Almanacs of American Wars Series
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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