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The Mammoth Book of the Vietnam War
Author: Jon E. Lewis

ISBN: 9781472116062
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1 March 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 4.1
Description:
Over 40 vivid, eyewitness accounts of the defining conflict of the second half of the twentieth century.

By 1969, follow ing the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, over 500,000 US troops were 'in country' in Vietnam. Before America's longest war had ended with the fall of Saigon in 1975, 450,000 Vietnamese had died, along with 36,000 Americans. The Vietnam War w as the first rock 'n' roll war, the first helicopter war with its doctrine of 'airmobility', and the first television war; it made napalm and the defoliant Agent Orange infamous, and gave us the New Journalism of Michael Herr and others.

It also saw the establishment of the Navy SEALs and Delta Force. On the homefront, America fractured, with the peace movement protesting against the war; at Kent State University, Ohio National Guardsmen fired on unarmed students, killing four and injuring nine.

Lewis's compelling selection of the best writing to come out of a war covered by some truly outstanding writers, both journalists and combatants, includes an eyewitness account of the first major battle between the US Army and the People's A...

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