Looking back on his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War veteran Lou Carello said: "The war is never going to be over for me. Any man who fought there is going to go to his grave with that war." In a very real sense the Vietnam War marked the collective American psyche of the generations that lived through it in much the same way that it touched Mr. Carello. The Vietnam War lasted for more than a decade and claimed over 56,000 American lives. In addition total Vietnamese casualties remain unknown but estimates of over a million dead are not considered unreasonable. In The Vietnam War readers encounter a book that details the historic pathway of the conflict and also offers up an atlas-like approach to chronicling keynote events. This book is part of the six-volume "Atlas of Conflicts" series and, as such, is designed to allow readers to visually grasp events that transpired across a unique geographical setting. The heart of this book is the well developed text. However, the inclusion of a myriad of photographs, inserted quotations, and a number of colorful maps make this an enlightening work. Youngsters with an interest in military history or who are studying these events will find this to be a helpful book indeed. 2005, World Almanac Library, Ages 12 up.
Greg M. Romaneck