Too often the ordeals of participants on both sides of the Vietnam War have been interpreted by others journalists, historians, even generals. In an invaluable corrective, John Prados, one of our leading interpreters of the Vietnam War, opens a window into the visceral first-hand experiences of those on the ground in Vietnam. His carefully chosen and thoughtfully introduced anthology gathers the voices in narrative and poetry of men and women; Americans and Vietnamese both of the North and South; officers and enlisted men. All the selections feature individuals witnessing specific events or experiences of war, and the realities of being caught up in them. Bridging the chasm between history and memory, together they offer an intense, even blazing, testimonial to the human condition in war.
John Prados is widely recognized as one of the foremost historians of the Vietnam War and of national security affairs. A Columbia University Ph.D., he is a senior fellow at the National Security Archives. His widely reviewed and award-winning books include Presidents' Secret Wars, Pentagon Games, Keepers of the Keys, Inside the Pentagon Papers, The Blood Road, Valley of Decision, The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, Combined Fleet Decoded, and Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe. Mr. Prados lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
1 A Brief Overview 2 Ia Drang 3 In the Highlands 4 Saigon and the Delta 5 Eye Corps 6 Vietnam Days 7 War in the Plains 8 Indian Country 9 Tet I: Saigon and the Countryside 10 Tet II: Hue and Khe Sanh 11 Life on the Line 12 The Abrams Era 13 The Final Act 14 Air War
Nothing illuminates the true nature of war as well as the voices of those who experienced it firsthand. In this valuable volume, John Prados has gathered together an impressive array of first-person testimony from a wide range of individuals who took part in America's long, controversial war in Vietnam. This book provides readers with page after page of insights on the complex nature of that conflict. Highly recommended.--Marc Leepson, journalist, author, historian
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