Vietnam: A History of the War

Vietnam: A History of the War

by Russell Freedman


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Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman

In an enthralling book, Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman provides a succinct account of perhaps the most puzzling and contentious of America’s wars. Describing how a superpower caught up in Cold War politics became increasingly enmeshed in a conflict over 8,000 miles away, he then explains why twenty years later an exit was so difficult. In words and photographs he chronicles the unfolding events in Vietnam and at home as increasing numbers of young men were sent into the jungles to fight. After assessing the catastrophic damage, Freedman concludes the book with a hopeful epilogue on Vietnam today. A glossary, source notes, bibliography and index are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823436583
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 545,545
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Russell Freedman is well known for his riveting biographies and masterful accounts of the history of the United States. One of the most honored writers for children, his many awards include the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and a National Humanities Medal. He travels widely but makes his home in New York City.

Table of Contents

1 The Last Man to Die in Vietnam 1

2 The Vietnamese: The Long Road to Revolution 5

3 Ho Chi Mink: The Making of a Revolutionary 15

4 Ho Chi Mink Meets the OSS 19

5 The French War is Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger 29

6 Tumbling Dominoes 39

7 Ngo Dinh Diem: america's Miracle Man in Saigon 42

8 The Last Days of President Diem 53

9 From the Tonkin Gulf to Rolling Thunder 64

10 The American War in Vietnam 74

11 The antiwar Movement 85

12 The Tel offensive 93

13 The Beginning of the End 100

14 The Fall of Saigon 112

15 Reconciliation 121

Time line 130

Source notes 134

Glossary 141

Selected Bibliography 143

Picture Credits 145

Index 146

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