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The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

 
 
Author
Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover, Autographed, First Edition
Product Dimensions 11.2 x 9.6 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780307700254
Pages/Publication Date 612/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79145
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(First Edition, Autographed) More than 40 years after it ended, we still argue over the Vietnam War—why we were there, whether we could have won, who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict—and the resulting political fault lines continue to divide us today. In this companion volume to their major new documentary series for PBS, illustrated with 521 color and black and white photos, the Emmy Award–winning creators of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, and The Roosevelts offer a stunning visual history, giving us the personal views and remembrances of people involved on all sides of the conflict, including U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers, their families, high-level officials, antiwar protestors, and POWs. From the French colonial period and the rise of Ho Chi Minh to the fall of Saigon, Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward plunge us into the chaos and intensity of combat while explaining the rationale that got us into Vietnam and the mindset that kept us there for so many years. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did, and to clarify its complicated legacy. We are proud to offer this outstanding new perspective of the defining conflict with a tipped-in signature page from historian Geoffrey Ward.

"A sweeping, richly illustrated narrative of a conflict fast retreating in memory.... As they have done in numerous collaborations, Ward and Burns take a vast topic and personalize it.... Of particular value is the inclusion of Vietnamese voices on both sides of the conflict, most of whom agree more than four decades later that the question of who won or lost is less important than the fact that no one really prevailed.... The text is accompanied by more than 500 photographs, some of them immediately recognizable ... many others fresh.... Accompanying the PBS series to be aired in September 2017, this is an outstanding, indispensable survey of the Vietnam War."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Lucid, flowing, and dramatic ... [and] powerful in its own right.... In their new 'intimate' yet capacious history, the award-winning, audience-enthralling duo of historian and screenwriter Ward and documentarian extraordinaire Burns investigate the complex, divisive, and tragic Vietnam War from a unique plurality of perspectives.... This is a vivid, affecting, definitive, and essential illustrated history."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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