The Vietnam war /

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Author / Creator:An, Tai Sung, 1931-
Imprint:Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1998.
Description:471 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/3331914
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ISBN:0838637655 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-466) and index.
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There has long been a need for a thorough study of the politics of decision-making within the North Vietnamese leadership and that of the communist resistance in South Vietnam during the so-called Second Indochina War (the US war in Vietnam). An's work admirably meets that need, offering a detailed examination of the personalities and politics of Ho Chi Minh, Vo Nguyen Giap, and all of the other key figures in the development and eventual triumph of Vietnamese communism. An describes the emergence of communist leadership in Vietnam from the years before WW II down to the end of the French hegemony. He then scrutinizes the evolution of strategic policy and the politics behind it among leaders in both the North and the South. An reviews the political and practical consequences of the dispute between the Peoples' Republic of China and the USSR, and their engagement in the war between Vietnam and the US. He then surveys the American involvement in the war, with attention to US policy (as well as the lack of it) and the consequences, for both Vietnam and the US. A key contribution of the book is the argument that, ultimately, there were no winners. All levels. C. L. Yates; Earlham College

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