978-1-56584-807-8 / 1565848071

People's History of the Vietnam War (New Press People's History)

by Neale, Jonathan

Publisher:New Press



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The war in Indochina as seen through the eyes of those fighting on both sides.

In an exciting new installment of The New Press's People's History Series, Jonathan Neale gives us an incisive account of the war America lost, from the perspective of those who opposed it on both sides of the battlefront as well as on the home front.

The protagonists in Neale's history of the "American War" (as the Vietnamese refer to it) are common people struggling to shape the outcome of events unfolding on an international stageAmerican foot soldiers who increasingly oppose American military policy on the ground in Vietnam, local Vietnamese activists and guerrillas fighting to build a just society, and the American civilians who mobilized to bring the war to a halt.

Neale provides a sober account of the evolving priorities of the Vietnamese and American elites, and of the many ways that their strategic objectives were shaped, reshaped, and driven off-course by upsurges from below. His narrative includes vivid, first-person commentary from the ordinary men and women whose collective actions resulted in the defeat of the world's most powerful military machine.

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