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Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 This is a comprehensive, spellbinding, surprisingly intimate, and altogether magnificent historical narrative Tim OBrien, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Things They Carried Max Hastings meticulously researched, superbly written account will now become the standard by which all other histories of the Vietnam War are judged He leaves no stone unturned in examining three decades of conflict from the vantage points of all combatants at all levelsfrom offices in Washington, Hanoi, and Saigon and conference tables in Geneva and Paris, to treacherous trips down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, savage fire fights in jungles and rice paddies, and terror inducing air attacks The result is a work both eminently readable and definitive National War College Professor Mark Clodfelter, author of The Limits of Air Power The American Bombing of North Vietnam This balanced and inciteful book is a pleasure to read It destroys the fantasy that one side or the other held the moral high ground or a monopoly on devastating folly Karl Marlantes, author of What It Is Like to Go to War and Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War A characteristically brilliant, monumental work by Max Hastings that masterfully presents the political, cultural, military, and social factors that produced the most divisive and disastrous conflict in American history Hastings synthesizes innumerable sources, including many from North Vietnam, that, in an unflinching, clear eyed manner capture the brutality of both sides in this war, as well as the heroism and the ineptitude, the public confidence and the inner doubts that resulted in the tragedy that was Vietnam a war that Hastings implies neither side deserved to win General David Petraeus US Army, Ret , Chairman, KKR Global Institute and former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, commander of US Central Command, and Director of the CIA Hastings brings his usual brilliant descriptive skills to the action, mixing individual anecdotes with big picture considerations The sole satisfying outcome of two recent American interventions in poor nations with incompetent governments is likely to besuperb histories by Hastings A definitive history, gripping from start to finish but relentlessly disturbing Kirkus Reviews starred reviewSir Max Hastings chronicles Vietnam with the benefit of vivid personal memories first of reporting in from the United States, where he encountered many of the wars decision makers including President Lyndon Johnson, then of successive assignments in Indochina for newspapers and BBC TV he rode a helicopter out of the US Saigon embassy compound during thefinal evacuation He is the author of twenty six books, most about conflict, and betweenandserved as editor in chief of the Daily Telegraph, then editor of the Evening Standard He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books, of which the most recent are All Hell Let Loose, Catastrophe and The Secret War, best sellers translated around the world He has two grown up children, Charlotte and Harry, and lives with his wife Penny in West Berkshire, where they garden enthusiastically

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