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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.

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About the author

Neil Smith is Head of History at The Manchester Grammar School, and has had several books and articles published on both history and politics.

Jonathan Keeble
hr min
August 2
William Collins

Customer Reviews

georgesdelatour ,

Good summary of the war from the US perspective.

Super-concise summaries like this inevitably have to leave out a lot, and I don’t envy Neil Smith his task. Mostly it’s a study of US involvement in the war, told from a US point of view. It’s only in the last 10 minutes that we’re given any sense of the war from the North Vietnamese point of view, and even then it’s one devoid of individual personalities. This can give the impression that the USA was fighting an unknowable collective opponent, rather like the Borg in Star Trek. Vo Nguyen Giap, considered by many military historians to be the greatest general of the 20th century, receives only on cursory reference, for instance.

With this caveat, it’s a good primer on the subject.

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