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The Vietnam War: An Intimate History  
– September 5, 2017

by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns - Hardvover £45

More than forty years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war: U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more.

A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos
and the Birth of a Military CIA - Hardcover £18.99

The untold story of how America’s secret war in Laos in the 1960s transformed the CIA from a loose collection of spies into a military operation and a key player in American foreign policy. Joshua Kurlantzick gives us the definitive account of the Laos war and its central characters, including the four key people who led the operation—the CIA operative who came up with the idea, the Hmong general who led the proxy army in the field, the paramilitary specialist who trained the Hmong, and the State Department careerist who took control over the war as it grew.
The New York Times Book Review: “Engrossing....  [Kurlantzick] argues persuasively that the so-called secret war in Laos — which eventually was discovered by the press — set a pattern for future conflicts.... His book shows how critical it is for American leaders to be clear-eyed about their purposes and honest with their public before embarking on a war that will inevitably take on a gruesome momentum of its own.”
Thomas Bo Pedersen: HOW TINY LAOS GAVE BIRTH TO CIA’s GLOBAL KILLING MACHINE

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace (Dont Burn)
The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram

by Thuy Tram (Author). Translated by Andrew X. Pham and with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Frances FitzGerald. 256 pages - £8.99 - Saxo.com til 149,95 kr.  
At the age of twenty-four, Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province. Two years later she was killed by American forces not far from where she worked. Written between 1968 and 1970, her diary speaks poignantly of her devotion to family and friends, the horrors of war, her yearning for her high school sweetheart, and her struggle to prove her loyalty to her country. At times raw, at times lyrical and youthfully sentimental, her voice transcends cultures to speak of her dignity and compassion and of her challenges in the face of the war’s ceaseless fury.

Vietnam: A history - by Stanley Karnow

Paperback (1983) 2nd updated edition 1997, 784 pages, £ 5.50 used. Definitive history of the Vietnam War, revised and updated 1997. Focus on the people involved on both sides as well as relating the political and military events that unfolded in Vietnam and the decisions made in Washington, Hanoi, and elsewhere. photos, maps. Written by a US journalist with a French culture, who spent 16 years in Vietnam (1959-1975). Ddepict with an incredible craft the Vietnam drama, not only the US commitment, but also the French colonial period. This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants.

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam  at Amazon.co.uk £12.15

by Nick Turse [Hardcover] (Metropolitan Books, 384 pages,)
Nick Turse spent 10 years writing it. He conducted many interviews with our soldiers who served in Vietnam. He went to Vietnam to investigate disturbing evidence that he found in Pentagon archives. This material was assembled following the notorious massacre at My Lai. These were the records of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group. They reveal that the horror of My Lai, where hundreds of innocent civilians died, was not merely an isolated incident. One soldier recalled that there had been “a My Lai a month” during the Vietnam War. 

Review: Writer digs into dark U.S. history: slaughters in Vietnam (Dayton Daily News 19/1 2013)

Bare feet, iron will - Stories from the Other Side of Vietnams Battlefields 
James Zumwalt, april 2010, 348 sider, £11.25 - More Information. Back cover: More than three decades after the fall of Saigon, it is time to better understand the enemy we fought in Vietnam and the role their "Iron Will" played in its outcome.The best way to do so is by sharing the personal experiences of the men and women who epitomized this Will--empowering them to live, fight, endure and prevail in their war with America.Stories never before told--from the Other Side of Vietnams Battlefields ... as revealed in hundreds of personal interviews with enemy veterans & their war diaries." - Washington Times 12. april: War and the Vietnamese populace - SeatlePI Review - History.com: Interview - James Zumwalt, author of Bare Feet, Iron Will - Video PBS newshour  - Examiner 28/4 2010: The other side - A Vietnam veterans look at the North Vietnamese war experience - VNS 22/4 2011 review Vietnamese version: US veteran tells new war story

War Without Fronts: The USA in Vietnam

Bernd Greiner Paperback 528 pages, Vintage Aug 2010
A groundbreaking investigation into the true extent of war crimes committed by US troops during the Vietnam War. The My Lai massacre has remained the most shocking episode of the Vietnam War. Yet this infamous incident was not an exception or aberration. Based on extensive research and unprecedented access to US Army archives, and tracing the responsibility for these atrocities all the way up to the White House and the Pentagon, War Without Fronts reveals the true extent of war crimes committed by American troops in Vietnam and how a war to win hearts and minds soon became a war against civilians. Review New Statesman 13/8 2009 - dansk oversættelse

Vietnam: A Visual Encyclopedia Philip Gutzman (2002)
Take a look back at every aspect of that turbulent era in a visual encyclopedia of over 500 extraordinary photos and alphabetized entries. Battles and campaigns, weapons of air, land, and sea, the heroes and villains, the military leaders and political powers from both sides, receive an A-to-Z treatment from all the experts and all worlds best photographers. Coverage starts in 1950 with post-World War II upheavals, and ends in 1975 with Hanois final takeover. Special feature: a blow-by-blow chronology chart of all major military and political events. Photos range from documenting of personnel, tanks, planes, and ships, award-winning scenes of agonies suffered by combatants and innocents alike. £13.23 Paperback 448 pages (1. October 2002)

Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States and the Modern Historical Experience  
Gabriel Kolko (1988) - A synthesis of the revolutionary struggle and war in Vietnam, the most controversial political event in recent American history. This book balances the three sides in the protracted struggle: the Communist Party, the Republic of Vietnam and the United States, and explores the underlying political and social structures that determined significant elements of the war. By focusing on the military, economic and political institutional forces that operated both in Vietnam and the United States the author gives coherence to four decades of countless events and provides a causal explanation of the Vietnam War.
£11.99 - Paperback - 689 pages (New edition 2001)

Ho Chi Minh: A Biography Pierre Brocheux 288 pages - dansk udgave
A brilliant feat of historical engineering. In a concise and highly readable account, he negotiates the many twists and turns of Ho Chi Minhs life and his multiple identities, from impoverished beginnings as a communist revolutionary to his founding of the Indochina Communist Party and the League for Independence of Vietnam, and ultimately to his leadership of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and his death in 1969. Biographical events are adroitly placed within the broader historical canvas of colonization, decolonization, communism, war, and nation building. Brocheuxs vivid and convincing portrait of Ho Chi Minh goes further than any previous biography in explaining both the myth and the man, as well as the times in which he was situated.
"A noted French scholar of colonial and contemporary Vietnam, Brocheux … has written a fascinating account of Ho Chi Minh the man - and Uncle Ho the myth. Culling a number of obscure resources, Brocheux pieces together the enigmatic life of a person who changed identities and personas as he worked toward his cream of an independent and free Vietnam." Library Journal Review

Ho Chi Minh : A Life William J. Duiker in paperback  -  Describes Ho Chi Minhs poverty-stricken youth, his expatriate years in USA, France, and Soviet Union, and his commitment to the Vietnamese revolution and reunification of Vietnam under Communist rule. A massive but thoroughly readable new biography, which depicts a pragmatist who wanted, above all, an independent Vietnam. Although Ho Chi Minhs life helped shape the 20th century, not until now has there been a major biography of this immensely important and little-understood political figure. This impressive work of history by a world-renowned authority on Vietnam now fills this gap, taking full advantage of information only recently declassified. Duiker presents this wealth of information in driven, page-turning prose. Engrossing and impeccably researched, this is a revelatory portrait.
£12.99 - Paperback - 695 pages (November 2001)

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam  Francis Fitzgerald
As a writer for the Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the Village Voice Francis Fitzgerald visited Vietnam in 1966, a critical year in the U.S. involvment in Vietnam. From this visit, Ms. Fitzgerald developed an interest in Vietnam that culminated in what is generally considered to be one of the preeminent texts on the U.S. involvment in Vietnam. The text, Fire In The Lake, provides astute historical, cultural, and political analysis of the war for those who wish to understand how the United States lost the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamize people, and thus ultimately the war.
£7.87 - paperback 496 pages - edition with new afterword 2002

Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the other side
Tim Page, Douglas Niven (Editor), Christopher Riley (Editor)  A stunning compilation of 160  images by North Vietnamese photographers capture the events of the Vietnam War from a dramatic perspective and document daily life and battle on the North Vietnamese side. The pictures are a mixture of staged, unabashed propaganda ("I wanted my pictures to be a weapon," says photographer Mai Nam, a longtime Vietnamese Communist Party member) and evocative insights into the way the war appeared from the other side. British journalist Tim Page provides running commentary on the war, and the photographers experiences and reminiscences, particularly those who worked with the Vietcong guerrillas in the South.  -  £28.00 Hardcover (January 2002), 180 pages

The Girl in the Picture - Denise Chong
Kim Phuc was nine years old in 1972. Severely burned by napalm, she ran from her burning village and was captured on photograhy by Nick Ut. Denise Chong relates Kims experience and recovery in this astonishing biography and history of Americas shameful war. The photograph of Kim was one of many to turn public opinion against the war in Vietnam. This is how the picture came to be and also what happened to Kim after it was taken. It provides an insight into the country Vietnam became after the US army left, and explains why Kim finally had to flee to Canada, where she now lives. £2.49 - Paperback - 383 pages (4 June, 2001)
Biograf photographer Nick Ut
The Vietnam War for Dummies   Ronald B. Frankom and Stephewn F. Maxner (2002)
A reader-friendly guide to the Vietnam War, at home and abroad.  Today, an increasing number of high schools and universities offer courses on the war, and 4.4 million Americans visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., every year. The Vietnam War For Dummies offers an easily accessible guide to all facets of the conflict, including military strategy, presidential decisions, and the media, movies, and songs inspired by the war in the 1960s and 70s. Great for gift-giving, study, or personal enrichment, The Vietnam War For Dummies proves an impressive one-stop resource on this complicated, fascinating subject.  -  £11.17

Paperback - 384 pages (1 October, 2002)

Our Vietnam : The War 1954-1975 
A.J. Langguth  (2000) in paperback. In this thoroughgoing history of Americas adventure in Vietnam, Langguth shows a clear appreciation for the wars many ironies - Lyndon Johnsons plan to build a huge dam on the Mekong River while bombing the neighboring countryside into submission, Ho Chi Minhs distress at having to battle the Americans, whose ally he had once been- while charting a clear narrative course through a dauntingly complex series of events. His highly readable book, promises to become a standard history of the era, and it is superb in every respect.
£12.38 - Paperback - 768 pages (March 2002)

After Sorrow : An American Among the Vietnamese  by Lady Borton
Stories of Vietnamese village women who lived through what they call "the American War." Lady Borton, frequently in Vietnam since the late 1960s and the first American allowed to live in a Vietnamese village since the wars end, listened to the gentle and fierce women warriors who smuggled weapons hidden in fish sauce, concocted camouflage from banana leaves, dug tunnels, carried messages through enemy territory, gave away their children to keep them safe, and all the while tended to the daily work of village life - providing food, burying and visiting the dead, observing religious holidays, and midwifing babies. Borton retells these stories with an ear experienced in the language, an eye for the details of village life, and deep compassion and respect.  - £9.39 - Paperback Reissue (October 1996)  Read also Learning to Work in Vietnam (10 pages, 1993)

From Enemy To Friend: A North Vietnamese Perspective on the war Bui Tin (2002)
Bui Tin, a former colonel in the North Vietnamese Army shares his insights into aspects of the Vietnam War. Once a presidential palace guard for Ho Chi Minh and a participant in the decisive battle of the French-Indochina War at Dien Bien Phu, he later served as a frontline commander and war correspondent in the fighting against the United States. In 1973 Colonel Tin was spokesman for the North Vietnamese delegation that arranged the return of American POWs and in 1975 rode a tank onto the presidential palace grounds in Saigon. In September 1990, he left Vietnam to reside in Paris, and Bui Tin is open-minded and candid in his views about the policies and operations of the Vietnamese and U.S. governments.  
£15.44 - Hardcover - 172 pages (17 May, 2002)
Following Ho Chi Minh : The Memoirs of a North Vietnamese Colonel  Bui Tin (1994).
As a North Vietnamese colonel and high ranking Party member, the author accepted the surrender of Saigon on April 1975. He continued to work for Hanoi until 1990, when disillusioned with the communists he moved to Paris and hoped to see a free and democratic Vietnam. Bui Tin has written a remarkable story about the Vietnamese government and the social chaos that went on, which no one outside of Viet Nam ever knew about it after 1975. In his memoir, he talked about communism being elevated to the rank of a "blind faith", the purges within the Party, the errors, greed, and corruption of communist leaders, the "arrogance of the Party".
£14.08 - Paperback - 202 pages (January 1999)
Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina
Horst Faas (Editor) and Tim Page (Editor) (1997)
A photographic record of the Vietnam War, with photographs taken from the archives of western agencies, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This volume is a tribute to the 134 photographers who died during the conflict.
£34.00 - Hardcover - 336 pages
Tim Pages Nam  Tim Page (Photographer) and William Shawcross (Introduction) (1984)
Excellent collection of Tim Pages photographs, most have been seen before in other formats and have been widely used. The photography is excellent and brings across the human face of war like very few photographers can.
£12.76 - Paperback - 120 pages
The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War  Chris McNab and Andy Wiest (2000)
This illustrated history documents every aspect of the Vietnam war, from the role of the French, through all major actions, and up to the fall of South Vietnam. The book strives to understand not only the causes, but also the wars lasting legacy. Over 250 color and b/w photos bring the conflict to life again after all these years have passed.
£15.46 - Hardcover - 256 pages

Dispatches Michael Herr - £7.79 - Paperback - 272 pages
Michael Herr, who wrote about the Vietnam War for Esquire magazine, gathered his years of notes from his front-line reporting in the Vietnam War and turned them into what many people consider the best account of the war to date, when published in 1977. He captured the feel of the war and how it differed from any other theatre of combat, as well as the flauvor of the time and the essence of the people who were there.
Michael Herr's account covers 1967 to 1969. He was in the hard-core who believed in finding out the truth for himself rather than reliance on official briefings. He shows personal courage but it was an experience that deeply affected him. Depicting the front-line experience of deadly street battles in Hue, 

"The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time." John Le Carré

Vietnam Posters: The David Heather Collection

David Heather (Author), Illustrated Paperback 281 pages Mar 2009 £9.74. this collection of posters from the 1950s to the present encompasses a politically significant period in Vietnamese history. With their boldly rendered images of Ho Chi Minh and local heroes; guerrilla fighters, tanks and bombers; factory workers and the urban and rural landscape, these posters-many produced in small numbers under economically adverse conditions-reverberate with vibrant colors and innovative graphic language, revealing much about the countrys cultural and political climate. An overview of the collection shows how imagery from indigenous folk art, the work of French-trained nationally acclaimed artists, as well as Russian and Chinese propaganda styles have all influenced the unusual, graphically diverse styles of these posters. This collection offers a deeply resonating, visually arresting social history of a country during times of peace and war.Review Los Angeles Times

 

Vietnam Behind the Lines: Images from the War 1965-1975

Jessica Harrison-Hall. 96 pages, British Museum Press 2002.  Vietnamese artists created images of war from behind the lines. All on paper, from traditional rice paper to cardboard, and including pen-and-ink sketches, pencil drawings, chalk designs and acrylics, some represent propaganda material for the government, while others were meant to record events, or as an exercise in creativity.

  Battle Notes : Music of the Vietnam War  Lee Andresen.  
This book is the only complete discography of ALL the music of the Vietnam era. By Lake Superior College professor, Lee Andresen, the book details the famous and infamous songs and combines student essays. It highlights the obscure and unknown tunes. A tremendous source of accurate information. A treasure for Vietnam vets. Many fun illustrations.
Web site at www.battlenotes.com, lists some of the songs discussed in the book and invites reader feedback.
£9.25 - Paperback - 200 pages

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Long_history75.jpg (217264 byte) Nguyen Khac Vien: Vietnam: A Long History 
Hanoi: The Gioi Publishers, 7. reviderede og udvidede ugave  2007. Stift bind 603 sider. DVF har den hjemkøbt 10 styk som vi sælger for kun 150 kr.
Nguyen Khac Vien har skrevet en fremragende historiebog om sit land. Det er et studie der fortæller hvordan Vietnam er blevet dannet og beskriver de vigtigste begivenheder og de folk der skabte den vietnamesiske nation fra forhistorisk tid til 1990'erne.
Biografi Nguyen Khac Vien
Hanoi: The Gioi Publishers, 7. revised og expanded version 2007. Hardcover 603 pages. Buy it in Vietnam. Written by a Vietnamese-French intellectual Nguyen Khac Vien is a good antidote to USA works on Vietnam, and a great historybook.  
The Tây Son Uprising: Society and Rebellion in Eighteenth-century Vietnam  George Dutton
The Tây Son uprising (1771-1802) was a cataclysmic event that profoundly altered the eighteenth-century Vietnamese political and social landscape. This groundbreaking book offers a new look at an important and controversial era. George Dutton follows three brothers from the hamlet of Tây Son as they led a heterogeneous military force that ousted ruling families in both halves of the divided Vietnamese territories and eventually toppled the 350-year-old Le dynasty. Supplementing Vietnamese primary sources with extensive use of archival European missionary accounts, he explores the dynamics of an event that affected every region of the country and every level of society. Tracing the manner in which the Tây Son leaders transformed an inchoate uprising into a new political regime, Dutton challenges common depictions of the Tây Son brothers as visionaries or revolutionaries. Instead, he reveals them as political opportunists whose worldview remained constrained by their provincial origins and the exigencies of ongoing warfare and political struggles.
£37.00 - 293 pages - University of Hawaii Press (15 Aug 2006) - Review from IIAS Newsletter PDF
Before the Revolution: The Vietnamese Peasants Under the French  Ngo Vinh Long
During the French colonial period (1900-1945), Vietnamese peasants wrote vigorously about the effects of French policies on their living conditions. The vast majority of their writings were censored or contradicted by the published works of French and Vietnamese officials, and none is currently in print. Ngo Vinh Long presents a realistic portrait of the Vietnamese determination and resiliency that brought down both the French and the American regimes. He describes the effects of French land policy on the peasants and the resulting problems in tenant farming and sharecropping, as well as peasant reaction to taxes, tax collections, usury, government agrarian credit programs, commerce, and industry. He also translates previously unavailable texts that detail the emotions of the Vietnamese people with regard to the French occupation. For the Morningside Edition, Dr. Long has written a new preface in which he describes new scholarship and changes during the last fifteen years.
£17.05, used from £2.03, 292 pages, Columbia University Press; New edition 1991, Morningside Books, Paperback
 A History of Vietnam: From Hong Bang to Tu Duc  Oscar Chapuis
The first work to chronicle the history of Vietnam beginning in the legendary past, a memory that is so significant to the Vietnamese identity and belief system. This history covers pre-historic times, portrays the Sino-Viet interdependence that lasted for 1,000 years and had such an influence on Vietnamese culture. When in the 15th century, the Vietnamese finally evicted their Chinese masters, they were subsequently overrun with the forces of Westernization, the spice trade and industrialization. Chapuis history takes us to the French conquest through the regimes of Emperors Gia Long, Ming Mang, Thieu Tri, and ends with Tu Duc (1848-1883).
£56.99 - Hardcover 232 pages (September 1995) - Used available from $72.45 at Amacon.com
The Last Emperors of Vietnam: From Tu Duc to Bao Dai  Oscar Chapuis
This book tells the story of French interaction with Vietnam and the neighboring region, which began with the French seizure of Cochin-China and Tonking in the 19th century under Emperor Tu Duc and ended with their humiliating defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. After the conclusion of treaties with China in the nineteenth century, Western nations sought access to the resource rich region of Yunnan. After attempts at exploring the Mekong River, the French turned their sights to the Red River. Only after Jean Dupuis successfully linked Hanoi with Yunnan was Admiral Dupre able to begin the conquest of Tonking.
£56.99 - Hardcover 224 pages (April 2000)
The Communist Road to Power in Vietnam  William J. Duiker
In this new edition of his widely acclaimed study, William Duiker has revised and updated his analysis of the Communist movement in Vietnam from its formation in 1930 to the dilemmas facing its leadership in the postCold War era. Making use of newly available documentary sources and recent Western scholarship, the author reevaluates Communist revolutionary strategy during the Vietnam War. Based on primary materials in several languages, this respected work is essential for an understanding of Vietnam in the twentieth century.
£33.99 - Paperback - 435 pages 2nd (April 1996) - Availability within 4-6 weeks
Sacred War: Nationalism and Revolution In A Divided Vietnam  William J. Duiker
This supplementary book provides a history of the Vietnam War from the perspective of North Vietnam. Professor Duiker is one of the English speaking worlds foremost authorities on this period of Vietnamese history and is a former foreign service officer posted in Vietnam. Based on recent scholarship and evidence, this book includes Vietnamese documents and research available to very few scholars. Quotes are sprinkled throughout the book to show how the Vietnamese felt about the events that were taking place around them, and why they decided to behave the way they did. Written for the general reader, this lively account of "the other side" includes distinctive photographs and sources.
£20.68 - Paperback - 256 pages (1994) - usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks.
Vietnam : Revolution in Transition   William J. Duiker
This revised edition traces the course of Vietnamese history from its origins to the end of the Vietnam War. In considering various aspects, such as the countrys political structure, its foreign relations, its economic situation and its cultural heritage, the book also sets out to show how the country has been affected a generation of conflict and socialist transformation. It concludes by looking at the factors underlying the Vietnamese revolution, and how the changes have affected both the region and course of the global Cold War.
£27.50 - Paperback - 264 pages Reissued 2nd Ed (26 May, 1995)
Vietnamese Anticolonialism 1885-1925  David G. Marr
Marrs work is scholarly and sometimes difficult to follow -- but he carefully describes the complex and inexorable forces which would lead to the defeat of the French and Americans as colonial powers in Indochina. Most interesting, he describes how the dynastic and cultural tensions within Vietnam itself between 1885-1925 made colonial domination both inevitable and intolerable. Marrs book is an uncompromising portrait of a culture under siege, and its painful evolution to a modern national identity.
Paperback (May 1981)  - Out of Print - Limited Availability
Vietnamese Tradition on Trial 1920-1945  David G. Marr
David Marr argues that changes in political and social consciousness between 1920 and 1945 were a necessary precondition to the mass mobilization and peoples war strategies employed subsequently against the French and the Americans. Replying for his information on a previously ignored corpus of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and leaflets, the author isolates eight issues of central concern to twentieth-century Vietnamese. The new intelligentsia - indubitably the product of a peculiar French colonial milieu, yet never divorced from the Vietnamese past and always looking to a brilliant Vietnamese future - spearheaded every debate beginning in 1925. After 1945, Vietnamese intellectuals either placed themselves under ruthless battlefield discipline or withdrew to private meditation.
£16.95 - Paperback Reprint (1 May, 1984)
Vietnam 1945  David G. Marr
The year 1945 was the most significant in the modern history of Vietnam. One thousand years of dynastic politics and monarchist ideology came to an end. Eight decades of French rule lay shattered and five years of Japanese occupation ceased. Drawing on extensive archival research, interviews and an examination of published memoirs and documents, David G. Marr has written a detailed and descriptive analysis of this crucial moment in Vietnamese history, and shows how Vietnam became a vortex of intense international and domestic competition for power. - £19.95 - Paperback - 632 pages new edition (January 1998)
 

 

Vietnam 1946: How the War Began

Af Stein Tønnesson. 2009, 392 pages. $39.95, £27.95
"Stein Tønnesson var en af de første historikere, som dykkede ned i snesevis af hemmelige franske, britiske og amerikanske politiske, militære og efterretningsdokumenter. I denne bog bruger han denne forskning til at udrede det komplekse net af begivenheder, handlinger og overbevisninger, der førte til 30 års krig i Indokina."
DK Review in Danish by Wilfred Gluud in VietNam Ajour 3-2010
8/12 2009Vietnam+: Norwegian historian writes about war in Vietnam

Why Vietnam?: Prelude to Americas Albatross  Archimedes L.A. Patti
Archimedes Patti, an OSS agent in Indochina at the end of WWII, witnessed the postwar struggle of Ho Chi Minh to establish an independent country based on the American constitution and encouraged by the principles of self-determination espoused by Woodrow Wilson at the end of WWI. Beginning with the Treaty of Versailles ending the Great War, Ho Chi Minh attempted to secure American support for an independent Vietnam. Despite sympathy from those Americans "in country", these overtures were snubbed by Washington and Vietnamese desires for independence were sacrificed to the interests of maintaining relationships with Americas allies, France and Britain. Well-written, fascinating history of an important period for Vietnam that set the stage for Americas later involvement in Indochina.
The Birth of Vietnam  Keith Weller Taylor (1983)
The book begins in 300 B.C. when Viet Nam first became known to the outside world, and concludes at the end of the tenth century, when Chinese rule collapsed and the kingdom of Viet Nam first came into being. Ends with emporer Dinh Bo Linh Death in 979. Viet Nam must be first of all understood as a single nation, and then a country of rural villages, Confucius, and revolution
£15.95 - Paperback - 397 pages (1991) - Availability within 4-6 weeks
Cham Art  Emmanuel Guillon
The art of Champa (central and southern Vietnam) thrived from the 2nd to the 9th centuries. It consists chiefly of Hindi and Buddhist deities, carved in high relief from sandstone. This book describes some 100 major sculptures housed in the Da Nang Museum and also provides a historical overview.
£16.95 - Paperback - 204 pages (April 2001) - Availability: within 4-6 weeks.
Hanoi: Biography of a City  William S. Logan
This text traces the history of the fabric of Hanoi from its origins 1000 years ago. It examines how the shape of the city reflects changing political, cultural and economic conditions over a millennium of intermittent warfare and waves of cultural change and migration. Drawing on his experience as heritage advisor, the author looks at the challenges facing those who seek to preserve the best features of Hanois architecture and streetscapes, while improving the living conditions of its residents.
£23.05 Hardcover - 304 pages (November 2000) This title is on order, usually within 1-2 weeks.

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