A Vietnam War Reader: A Documentary History from American and Vietnamese Perspectives / Edition 1 available in Paperback
An essential new resource for students and teachers of the Vietnam War, this concise collection of primary sources opens a valuable window on an extraordinarily complex conflict. The materials gathered here, from both the American and Vietnamese sides, remind readers that the conflict touched the lives of many people in a wide range of social and political situations and spanned a good deal more time than the decade of direct U.S. combat. Indeed, the U.S. war was but one phase in a string of conflicts that varied significantly in character and geography. Michael Hunt brings together the views of the conflict's disparate playersfrom Communist leaders, Vietnamese peasants, Saigon loyalists, and North Vietnamese soldiers to U.S. policymakers, soldiers, and critics of the war. By allowing the participants to speak, this volume encourages readers to formulate their own historically grounded understanding of a still controversial struggle.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Michael H. Hunt is Everett H. Emerson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His ten books include The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance (UNC Press).
What People are Saying About This
This book, better than any book I know, shows the multiple sides of the Vietnam War. It is nuanced and balanced, and the selections are superb. There is a clear sense of looking at common issues through different sets of lenses, and coming out with a richer and fuller understanding than before. More than a simple reader cobbled together for classroom use, this is a rock-solid, creative assessment of the war using a variety of sources not easily accessible to most people.Allan M. Winkler, Miami University