by Russell Freedman


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A comprehensive overview of one of the most controversial wars in America's history written by masterful children's historian and Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman.

With prose that is clear, concise, and enthralling, Russell Freedman presents a detailed overview of the Vietnam war.  Beginning with the rise of communism in Vietnam and detailing the increase of American involvement, Freedman then explains why, twenty years later, an exit was so difficult.

In addition to explaining the complex beginnings of the conflict through the catastrophic damage the war caused, Freedman concludes with a hopeful epilogue on modern Vietnam.  This is a definitive resource for young history readers as well as anyone who wants a concise and authoritative understanding of the Vietnam War, exploring both the American and Vietnamese perspectives. 

Freedman chronicles the history leading up to the war and the unfolding events in Vietnam and in the US as increasing numbers of young men were sent into the jungles to fight. Coverage includes the French war in Vietnam, the rise of Ho Chi Minh, the fall of President Diem, the Tonkin Gulf, the Tet Offensive, the My Lai massacre, the bombing of Cambodia, and the fall of Saigon, as well as the US anti-war movement.

The book includes nearly 100 historic photographs and illustrations, as well as candid photographs showcasing the state of Vietnam today.  A glossary, source notes, bibliography and index are included.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823442744
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,127,640
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Russell Freedman (1929-2018) transformed non-fiction for children through his insightful narrative, comprehensive research, careful selection of photographs, and deep understanding of his subject matter. He was 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. Major works include Freedom Walkers, Lincoln: A Photobiography, Because They Marched, The Wright Brothers: How They Invented The Airplane. 

Table of Contents

1 The Last Man to Die in Vietnam 1

2 The Vietnamese: The Long Road to Revolution 5

3 Ho Chi Minh: The Making of a Revolutionary 13

4 He Chi Minh Meets the OSS 19

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

6 Tambling Dominoes 39

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

8 The Last Days of President Dien 53

9 From the Tonkin Gulf to Rolling Thunder 64

10 The American War in Vietnam 74

11 The Antiwar Movement 85

12 The Tet 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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