Questions about texts on Vietnam War
I have been looking for a good overview text on the Vietnam War. Something around 600-1000 pages that explores how the war was fought, the various participants, and the politics. So far I have come across few texts that fits that criteria. Most texts I have come across are from the perspective of the soldier on the ground, others only cover the American involvement. Are there any suggestions?
I found this text Vietnam at War: The History: 1946-1975 by Phillip B. Davidson any while it is close to what I want it seems to only cover the American perspective. Has anyone read the text?
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[SIZE=3][*******#000000][FONT=Calibri]Books about “the Vietnam War” that like to start in 1946 areusually written by authors who are enamored with “the historical imperative” … re: communist triumph was inevitable. And they usually concentrate on “hearts andminds” issues. They usually have a pretty slanted point of view toward the political-sociatal side of events, as if these were the keys tothe war. Somehow they tend to ignore the military historical imperative of 19 infantry divisions, 2 armoreddivisions, 12 independent AA regiments, etc. [/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
An interesting counter point to the American point of view:
Victory in Vietnam:
The Official History of the People’s Army of Vietnam 1954-1975
From The Military History Institute of Vietnam
Translated by Merle L. Pribbenow
University Press of Kansas
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To a good overall view add Bernard Falls "Street without Joy". A good view from the French experience.
Douglas Welsh has a book called "The History of the Vietnam War."
It's a bit old now, but has some interesting perspectives, though it just barely scratches the surface.
The book Gerry301 just suggested is also good. Another one, though not solely about the Vietnam war, is Malcolm Brownes Muddy Boots and Red Socks.