The Vietnam War

  • by Mark Atwood Lawrence
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" (Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war. His narrative begins well before American forces set foot in Vietnam, delving into French colonialism's contribution to the 1945 Vietnamese revolution, and revealing how the Cold War concerns of the 1950s led the United States to back the French.
The heart of the book covers the "American war", ranging from the overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem and the impact of the Tet Offensive to Nixon's expansion of the war into Cambodia and Laos, and the final peace agreement of 1973. Finally, Lawrence examines the aftermath of the war, from the momentous liberalization - "Doi Moi" - in Vietnam to the enduring legacy of this infamous war in American books, films, and political debate.

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What the Critics Say

"Crisply concise.... Delves into the 'whys' of the war: why the Vietnamese fought against the United States, why the great powers were involved, why the war turned out as it did and why legacies of the war linger." (Dallas Morning News)

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A good intro to the Vietnam war

If you could sum up The Vietnam War in three words, what would they be?

Are they mad


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vietnam War?

The last French garrison falling.


Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favourite?

Ho Chi Minh


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The suffering of people.


Any additional comments?

This is a good introduction to the Vietnam war, I only knew the U.S. part of it and this covers all the history of the wars there both foreign and domestic.

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- Mrs. T. L. Brown

Multiple perspectives into the Vietnam War

Provides a wide spanning history to the Vietnam War and how it impacts the countries involved. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an introduction to the topic.
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- Emmi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios