The Vietnam Warby Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Wayne Vansant, Chuck Horner
When Senator Edward Kennedy declared, "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam," everyone understood. The Vietnam War has become the touchstone for U.S. military misadventures--a war lost on the home front although never truly lost on the battlefront. During the pivotal decade of 1962 to 1972, U.S. involvement rose from a few hundred advisers to a fighting force of more than… See more details below
When Senator Edward Kennedy declared, "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam," everyone understood. The Vietnam War has become the touchstone for U.S. military misadventures--a war lost on the home front although never truly lost on the battlefront. During the pivotal decade of 1962 to 1972, U.S. involvement rose from a few hundred advisers to a fighting force of more than one million. This same period saw the greatest schism in American society since the Civil War, a generational divide pitting mothers and fathers against sons and daughters who protested the country's ever-growing military involvement in Vietnam. Meanwhile, well-intentioned decisions in Washington became operational orders with tragic outcomes in the rice paddies, jungles, and villages of Southeast Asia. Through beautifully rendered artwork, The Vietnam War: A Graphic History depicts the course of the war from its initial expansion in the early 1960s through the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, and what transpired at home, from the antiwar movement and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to the Watergate break-in and the resignation of a president.
This illustrated history examines the progression of the Vietnam War, but the lack of attention to the personal experiences of soldiers and civilians on every side leaves it an incomplete view of the conflict. The major military campaigns, the political choices made on the American home front and the rise and effect of the antiwar campaign are all clearly explained. These controversial events are covered objectively, discussing what was done well without ignoring the terrible mistakes. But the book focuses on the American perspective, paying much less attention to the governments of North and South Vietnam and barely any to the experiences of the people of either nation. Given that the book acknowledges the war was decided by North Vietnamese citizens not surrendering as easily as American strategists had planned, this is a major oversight. In addition, telling the story of the Vietnam War, a conflict heavily documented in color photography, through black and white illustration seems questionable, as does glossing over some of the horrors of war with comics clichés. A decent starting point for someone looking to begin to understand a significant event in living American history, as long as more study follows. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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