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From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes a masterful chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected. Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive conflict since the Second World War, first creating a humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants from both sides in Vietnam and the United States, as well as researching a multitude of American, Vietnamese and French sources, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle
No previous account of Vietnam has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max’s readers know so well. He suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle with so many lessons for the 21st century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges. He marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers, to create an extraordinary record.