The Vietnam War by Mark Atwood Lawrence
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The Vietnam War remains a topic of extraordinary interest, not least because of striking parallels between that conflict and more recent fighting in the Middle East. In The Vietnam War, Mark Atwood Lawrence draws upon the latest research in archives around the world to offer readers a superb account of a key moment in U.S. as well as global history.
While focusing on American involvement between 1965 and 1975, Lawrence offers an unprecedentedly complete picture of all sides of the war, notably by examining the motives that drove the Vietnamese communists and their foreign allies. Moreover, the book carefully considers both the long- and short-term origins of the war. Lawrence examines the rise of Vietnamese communism in the early twentieth century and reveals how Cold War anxieties of the 1940s and 1950s set the United States on the road to intervention. Of course, the heart of the book covers the "American war," ranging from the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem to the impact of the Tet Offensive on American public opinion, Lyndon Johnson's withdrawal from the 1968 presidential race, Richard Nixon's expansion of the war into Cambodia and Laos, and the problematic peace agreement of 1973, which ended American military involvement. Finally, the book explores the complex aftermath of the war--its enduring legacy in American books, film, and political debate, as well as Vietnam's struggles with severe social and economic problems.
A compact and authoritative primer on an intensely relevant topic, this well-researched and engaging volume offers an invaluable overview of the Vietnam War.

About Mark Atwood Lawrence

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Mark Atwood Lawrence is a former correspondent for the Associated Press and Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His book Assuming the Burden (2007) won the George Louis Beer Prize and Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association.
Published January 1, 1900 by Oxford University Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The author spends little time on the actual fighting but makes clear the immense destruction U.S. firepower inflicted on insurgent forces, North Vietnamese troops and North Vietnam itself, as well as the civilian population on both sides.

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Books such as these, Mr. Baker writes, may be filled with ''generalizations, exaggerations, braggadocio and - very likely - outright lies.'' But as he also notes, the ''human imperfections simply authenticate the sincerity of the whole.'' By illuminating the horror that was the Vietnam war, both ...

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On Easter Sunday, March 30, 1972, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV, North Vietnam) began its Nguyen Hue Offensive, a massive conventional invasion of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, South Vietnam) across the Demilitarized Zone.

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Johnson played a dangerous game of power politics as he tried desperately to preserve his “Great Society,” while Kissinger and Richard Nixon forged a more balanced foreign policy based on an awareness America’s limited power.

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Kennedy became president, an insurgent war was raging in South Vietnam that, in Lawrence's apt characterization "was simultaneously a civil war among Southerners and a cross-border effort by Hanoi to reunify the country on its terms" (p.

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