The Vietnam War

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Why was the Vietnam War so contentious, and how did one of the world's superpowers fail to defeat a much less wealthy and populous opponent? Why was the Vietnam War of such global significance and how has it affected people on both sides of the conflict? This book seeks to relate the overall events and chronology of the war and shows its impact on everyday lives.

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Overview

Why was the Vietnam War so contentious, and how did one of the world's superpowers fail to defeat a much less wealthy and populous opponent? Why was the Vietnam War of such global significance and how has it affected people on both sides of the conflict? This book seeks to relate the overall events and chronology of the war and shows its impact on everyday lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Over a period of roughly a decade the armed forces of the United States waged an increasingly destructive war against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces arrayed against them. During this long and bloody war American troops devastated thousands of villages, defoliated millions of acres of forest and farmland, destabilized the neighboring nations of Laos and Cambodia, divided the American public, and killed over two million Vietnamese people. On the home front, the Vietnam War spawned non-violent and violent anti-war protest to such an extent that the nation was truly split. On the military front, the war cost over 58,000 American lives and left hundreds of thousands of veterans physically or emotionally wounded. It is this terrible war that author Senker studies in this volume of the illustrated "Living Through" series. Senker begins her story with the French colonization of Southeast Asia and ends it with an analysis of why the war ended the way it did. In between, Senker takes her readers back to a time in American history when policies went awry and the nation imposed terrible destruction on foreign lands and its own people. This is a compelling story well told in this fine introductory book. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432960094
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Living Through... Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 540,440
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cath Senker has over twenty years' experience in children's educational publishing and has written around 100 books for children for a range of publishers. Her books include highly regarded titles on Anne Frank, the Black Death and the Vietnam War, books on religions and the conflict between North and South Korea, and forthcoming titles on Self-Harm and Relationships. She lives the green lifestyle and has undertaken voluntary work for a range of organizations.

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Table of Contents

"Attack! Attack! Attack!" 4

War with France 6

Enter the Untied States 12

The U.S. Military Goes In 20

Ongoing war 26

Living through the war 36

The Antiwar Movement 44

Vietnam United 52

The aftermath of conflict 58

What have we learned? 66

Timeline 68

Glossary 70

Notes on Sources 73

Bibliography 76

Find out more 77

Index 79

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