Vietnam War: The Essential Reference Guide

Vietnam War: The Essential Reference Guide

by James H. Willbanks
     
 

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Vietnam War: The Essential Reference Guide provides a compendium of the key people, places, organizations, treaties, and events that make up the history of the war, explaining its causes, how it was conducted, and its far-reaching consequences. Written by recognized authorities, this ready-reference volume provides essential information all in one place and

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Vietnam War: The Essential Reference Guide provides a compendium of the key people, places, organizations, treaties, and events that make up the history of the war, explaining its causes, how it was conducted, and its far-reaching consequences. Written by recognized authorities, this ready-reference volume provides essential information all in one place and includes a comprehensive list of additional sources for further study.

The work presents a detailed chronology that outlines the numerous battles and campaigns throughout the war, such as the Tet Offensive, the Battle of Hamburger Hill, Operation Rolling Thunder, and the Battle of Hue. Biographies on Lyndon Johnson, William Westmoreland, Robert McNamara, Ngo Dinh Diem, and other major political figures and military leaders provide insight into the individuals who played key roles in the conflict, while primary source documents such as President Nixon's speech on Vietnamization provide invaluable historical context.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This publication provides a better understanding of various aspects of the Vietnam War for its readers, especially through reading the introductory essays. The fact that the editor, James Willbanks, was actually there as an Army officer and advisor, does add some authority to this work." - Reference Reviews

"An excellent starting point for compressed background information on a large number of the complex topics and issues related to the Vietnam War." - Booklist

"Overall, this is a 'just the facts' type of resource, and a good starting point for brief information on the multitudinous topics related to the Vietnam War. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610691048
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
341
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

James H. Willbanks, PhD, is General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History and director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He is a retired Army officer with 23 years of service in various infantry and staff assignments, which included a tour as an adviser with a South Vietnamese infantry regiment during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive. Willbanks holds a bachelor's degree in history from Texas A&M University and a master's degree and doctorate in history from the University of Kansas. He is the author of several books on the Vietnam War, including Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War; The Battle of An Loc; and The Tet Offensive: A Concise History. He is also editor of America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan.

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