The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

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The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

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By Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Historian Geoffrey C. Ward and filmmaker Ken Burns, the authors of the acclaimed and best-selling “The Civil War,” “Jazz,” “The War,” and “Baseball,” present an intimate history of the Vietnam War. All the major milestones are here– from the Gulf of Tonkin and the Tet Offensive to Hamburger Hill and the fall of Saigon– and we are able to listen in as three American presidents and their advisers search for a way to win– or to get out. But most of the voices that echo from these pages belong to less exalted men and women– nearly one hundred of them, those who fought in the war as well as those who fought against it, victims and victors, and the Vietnamese from both north and south– willing for the first time to share their memories of the war as it really was.
More than forty years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, but its ghosts remain. We still ask the questions today we asked then: Why were we there? What should we have done differently– or should we have done anything at all? Who was right and who was wrong? Answers remain elusive. But over the intervening decades, archives have opened, ideology has softened, men and women whose memories were once too painful to revisit have become eager to talk. The result is a compelling, completely fresh account of the long and brutal conflict that reunited Vietnam while dividing the United States as nothing else had since the Civil War.
This unique tour de force– filled with rare photographs, illuminating guest essays, and unforgettable firsthand accounts– will reshape your understanding of the Vietnam War, and of war itself.

612 pages