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Publisher's Summary

History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of the Vietnam War in just one hour.
War, what is it good for? The Vietnam War: History In an Hour gives a gripping account of the most important Cold War-era conflict, fought between the United States and the Viet Cong, the Vietnam People's Army and their Communist allies. It was one of the most traumatic military conflicts America has ever been involved in – and provoked a backlash of anti-war protests at home.
Here are the key events leading up to the Vietnam War, the deadly guerrilla warfare of the Viet Cong, the domestic anti-war movement, and the fall of Saigon. The Vietnam War: History In an Hour is essential listening for anyone interested in post-war history.
Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour….
©2012 Neil Smith (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past." (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age." (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Shah Alam on 10-25-17

An Afterburner

I recently (Oct 2017) watched the 18 hours long documentary titled “the Vietnam War” aired by PBS and produced by Ken Burns. It’s an excellent production that gives a very comprehensive account of the entire war.

Yet some aspects of history were missing from this documentary — like the history of Vietnam’s own struggle with communism that lead to the factionalism and the creation of the Viet Cong. So while the documentary refers to the North Vietnam Army and the Viet Cong often, the viewer remains unclear about the delineation between the two.

This book covered those gaps for me. While the documentary filled me with extensive details of deployment, action on the battlefield, the political maneuvers in the US and the personal account of some families, this book served as the "Executive Summary" that capped the picture.

It’s an excellent account of the Vietnam war and powerfully narrated. It will serve those well who wish to get an objective picture within a short time.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 05-28-15

Typical left wing narrative

This brief account of the Vietnam War, while interesting and very well performed, he's a typical left wing liberal narrative. It goes into much detail about the blundering, deceitfulness, and ineptitude of American political and military leaders, and the repressive and brutal nature of the South Vietnamese government. Yet it makes hardly any mention and certainly goes into no discussion of the lying propaganda, oppression of the peasantry, mass murder of perceived state enemies, and the overall oppressive and dictatorial reality of the Communists. After listening to this, One is left with the impression that the communist North Vietnamese were nothing other than Noble nationalists fighting for the freedom of their oppressed countrymen against the criminal actions of the unthinking Americans. No mention is made of the treatment of American prisoners of war or of the South Vietnamese people after the fall of Saigon. And very little information is given about the larger context of the Cold War and the reality of communist aggression. Where this is mentioned it is presented as though it were unfounded American paranoia. This is a completely biased and one-sided account. The greatest lesson I take from it is to never listen to his street in our presentations that are related to the Cold War.

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2 out of 5 stars
By WarwickStudent on 05-02-18

Lack of chronology make story confusing.

I have previously listened to the World War One and the Korean War in an hour books. This war was something I had no knowledge about coming in as I'm not an American. Having said that I found it much more confusing to follow than I did the stories I had more knowledge on originally.

How it jumps about from area of focus to area of focus rather than following a timeline makes it very difficult to understand what's going on in my opinion. I did have this on in the background when I was doing other things so it may well be my fault but I'm not left with an good knowledge of the Vietnam conflict having listened to it.

Also there was very little military tactical coverage. Most of the story is about the politics involved.

The narration was dry but solid like the other History in an Hour audiobooks.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bookworm on 02-12-17

The briefest of descriptions

Any additional comments?

This is a political timetable of the main issues which tells you very little about the war itself.

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