The Vietnam War by Neil Smith
History in an Hour

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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

‘War, what is it good for?’ THE VIETNAM WAR: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives a gripping account of the most important Cold War-era conflict, fought between the United States and the Viet Cong, the Vietnam People’s Army and their Communist allies. It was one of the most traumatic military conflicts America has ever been involved in – and provoked a backlash of anti-war protests at home.

Here are the key events leading up to the Vietnam War, the deadly guerrilla warfare of the Viet Cong, the domestic anti-war movement and the fall of Saigon. THE VIETNAM WAR: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is essential reading for anyone interested in post-war history.

Know your stuff: read about the Vietnam War in just one hour.


About Neil Smith

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Neil Smith, CEO of Promontory  Growth and Innovation (PGI), has for the last 20 years focused on helping large corporations dramatically improve performance and profitability by growing revenues and innovatively reducing costs. Smith has led initiatives across a number of industries with some of the strongest companies in the U.S. including, Mellon Bank, Willis, and North American Van Lines. He recently spearheaded the highly visable initiative across Bank of America, and a firm he co-founded was responsible for projects at Heinz, Detroit Edison and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. His efforts have helped increase profits at top companies by 20 percent or more.Patricia O’Connell, former Management Editor at, brings more than 20 years of writing and editing in a variety of subjects, including business, leadership, and strategy.  With contributions from Dr. Richard Levak, a nationally recognized personality expert who has been in private practice for over thirty years and has a growing practice in organizational consulting, assisting businesses with executive hiring, development and teambuilding. 
Published April 5, 2012 by HarperPress. 78 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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WHYVIETNAM? Prelude to America's Albatross. By Archimedes L.A. Patti. 612 pp. Berkeley: University of California Press. $19.50. By GADDIS SMITH WAS there a moment long ago when the Vietnam War and its hideous consequences for Southeast Asia and the United States could have been avoided? Ar...

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Los Angeles Times

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He associates random killings, mutilations, the taking of ears as trophies, as practiced by some Americans in Vietnam, with those particularly horrifying acts of violence that have taken place in our country over the last decade.

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St. Louis Today

Like that of too many vets, it is a series of broken lines: having trouble taking direction from bosses in civilian life, failing to turn a lover into a partner, living on the streets of St. Louis.

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It is one of more than 116 book excerpts and articles from newspapers and magazines by more than 80 writers included in Reporting Vietnam, American Journalism 1959-1969 (Part One) and Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969-1975 (Part Two) (Library of America, New York, 1998, $35 per volume).

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The Marine CH-46 helicopter on the cover, photographed by PH1(AW/SW) Greg Messier, USN, fought in the desert sand to land and resupply Marines such as the ones (inset) photographed by Sgt Joseph R.

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