Books: Non-Fiction

The Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1945, 1961, 1975
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies

A meticulously researched volume that manages to connect Vietnamese and U.S. themes, motives, impacts, and inner workings of war. The author’s engaging style enriches the massive research accumulated into this accessible and complete history.

“Eloquent . . . A concise and effective exposition of the events of the war, and a cogent analysis of the motives underlying America’s decision to make war against Vietnam.'” —Kirkus Reviews

“It is a marvelously wide-ranging and lively synthesis — unmatched in its striking juxtaposition of the Vietnamese revolution with American (old War policy and ideology and in its sensitivity to the human dimensions of the conflict on both sides. This engaged and engaging study deserves a place at the top of everyone’s Vietnam reading list.” —Michael H. Hunt, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“This is the history of the war in Vietnam we have been waiting for. This is a marvelous achievement — meticulously documented, excitingly narrated, written with grace, wit, and passion.” —Howard Zinn

“This story The Vietnam Wars, this terrible history is told with such clarity and passion, detail, intelligence it’s hard to stop reading. The tension in the writing keeps your sadness in some kind of check as you read about opportunities for peace lost again and again, and think of today’s newspapers and how we are, with some differences, modification, and more firepower, once again half the world away confusing credibility with honor.” —Grace Paley

ISBN: 9780060921071 | HarperPerennial