• by Stanley Karnow
  • Narrated by Edward Holland
  • 27 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this comprehensive history, Stanley Karnow demystifies the tragic ordeal of America's war in Vietnam. The book's central theme is that America's leaders, prompted as much by domestic politics as by global ambitions, carried the United States into Southeast Asia with little regard for the realities of the region. Karnow elucidates the decision-making process in Washington and Asia, and recounts the political and military events that occurred after the Americans arrived in Vietnam. Throughout, he focuses on people: those who shaped strategy and those who suffered, died, or survived as a result. Panoramic in scope, and filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with hundreds of participants on both sides, Vietnam: A History transcends the past and contains lessons relevant to the present and future.


What the Critics Say

"This is history writing at its best." (Chicago Sun Times)
"[T]he best journalist writing on Asian affairs." (Newsweek)
"Even those of us who think we know something about [the Vietnam War] will read with fascination." (New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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As stunning as it was engaging

Having been born in the mid 70’s almost no one ever wanted to discuss the Vietnam war in my household. As a result, my entire knowledge of Vietnam prior to reading this book came from Hollywood movies. Yet no movie could capture the mystery, intrigue, confusion and frustration of the real story. Karnow’s point of view is clear and objective. Having listened to the entire book, I still can’t tell you his personal opinions about Vietnam. His research includes interviews and commentary from American, South and North Vietnamese. His treatment of all sides appears to be firm, but not hypocritical. He does not indulge himself in Monday morning quarterbacking, but instead illuminates the reasoning at the time for the actions that were taken.

The book is also comprehensive. Starting with ancient Vietnam and leading up to the modern age, the listener experiences the whole of Vietnam’s history. Having listened and reflected on the book for a long time, it is one of the most satisfying I have ever heard.
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- David Ewing

Expected More

I have read a great deal about the Vietnam War - and lived through it. So, I always wanted to read this book. I am sad to say that the book falls short of its reputation. So mch of it is official issue and even worse, there is hardly any historical context. Try the book by Neil Sheehan.
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- Armen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-29-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.