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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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I learned so much from this book, even though I lived through it (1967-1969)and at one of the big pushes by the viet cong against the whole country - 'The Big '68 'TET' offensive'. I have listened to all 4 parts over and over and have learn something new every time. The amazing history of this country and the way this country (USA) just kepted on getting in deeper and deeper. The author has done a "fantastic job" on putting together the history of a place I knew so little of at the young age of 20 - Thank you.
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