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The Vietnam War story is one that has never been fully understood and probably never will be explained to the satisfaction of those who experienced it – and it will continue to spark debate and controversy for each new generation. The Vietnam War For Dummies attempts to tell that complicated story in a way that is easily accessible to everyone. If you've never read much about the Vietnam War, this book provides a general overview that covers all the major players and significant turning points and events of the war. If you're a history buff, this book can serve as a compact reference guide to the major subjects of the war.
The Vietnam War For Dummies covers the following topics and more:
Remember that having an understanding of the Vietnam War means knowing that its history is based on perspectives. For any one book that argues a point a specific way, at least two other books will interpret that point another way. You can use The Vietnam War For Dummies as a guide for beginning your examination of one of the most important events in U.S. history.
Part I: Returning to the Start of the Vietnam War.
Chapter 1: Looking at America's Longest War.
Chapter 2: Warring Ideologies: The Two Vietnams.
Part II: Fighting the Ground War in Southeast Asia.
Chapter 3: Eisenhower, Korea, and Southeast Asia: Hot Flashes in a Cold War.
Chapter 4: Kennedy's Green Berets.
Chapter 5: Johnson's Regulars.
Chapter 6: Nixon's Victory in Vietnam: A Peace with Honor?
Part III: Taking to Air and Sea.
Chapter 7: Learning to Fly: 1950-1964.
Chapter 8: Air War over Vietnam: 1964-1973.
Chapter 9: Air War over Laos and Cambodia.
Chapter 10: Navigating the Seas: The Navy's Role.
Chapter 11: North Vietnamese/Viet Cong Strategies and Tactics.
Part IV: The "Other Wars".
Chapter 12: Winning with the South Vietnamese People.
Chapter 13: Making Friends and Enemies in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
Part V: A War at Home and a Home at War.
Chapter 14: Protesting the American War Effort.
Chapter 15: "The Sound of Silence": Supporting the American War Effort.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Myths of the Vietnam War.
Chapter 17: Ten Resources for Studying the Vietnam War.
Chapter 18: Ten Postwar Concerns and Issues to Think About.