While the Vietnam War's legacy in the United States is well documented, this comprehensive work relates to the legacy of the war in Vietnam itself. It represents an American perspective of contemporary Vietnam, providing new data and insight through images, offering the reader a glimpse into modern Vietnam, depicting both the country as well as the physical and enduring remnants of the war.
The volume presents cities and regions throughout the country from Hai Phong in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south and many places in between to include Hanoi, Dong Ha, Quang Tri, Hue, Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Saigon, and the Central Highlands, including Pleiku, Kon Tum, and Dak To. The book chronicles the residue of the war as well as the current social, economic, and diplomatic environment to present a comprehensive view of the country today.
Thirty-five years after the fall of Saigon, Vietnam is a rapidly developing country yet still bears the legacies of the war. Modern cities are rising quickly, yet on old battlefields children still play amid the debris of conflict. While the economy is thriving, subsequent generations suffer the long-term effects of chemical defoliants and the haunting presence of unexploded ordnance. And despite the economic and social progress, government functionaries carefully shape the official version of the war while American MIA issues remain outstanding.
Vietnam: 35 Years after the Fall of Saigon takes a unique approach to present the story of modern Vietnam through the lens of the war, using the medium of images to allow the reader to actually view the country, to include former bases, former US equipment, and other physical elements relating to the war. The book presents the legacies of war - such as unexploded ordnance (UXO), the impact of chemical defoliants, or the U.S. military's Missing in Action (MIA) issues, but also the current state of the country such as street life (including areas once destroyed by aerial bombing) and modern skyscrapers that are testament to market forces and Vietnam's economic role since scrapping its strict Communist doctrine in 1986.
The title, released in hardcover in late 2014, and as an e-book in January 2015, represents an important and timely work from many perspectivesreconciliation between former foes, a social and economic perspective of a self-proclaimed Communist country that fully embraces and practices capitalism, a documentation of the political and economic development of Vietnam, and as an 'epilogue' on the war.
Contributing to the existing body of work on the Vietnam War, U.S.-Vietnam relations, and peace and reconciliation in general, the book provides insight for a broad range of readers and academics across multiple disciplines to include: American History, Vietnam studies, Vietnam history, U.S.-Vietnam relations, current events, international relations, diplomacy studies, political science and cultural anthropology.