Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's VietnamIt is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. The Struggle For Vietnam Occupies A Central Place In The History Of The Twentieth Century Fought Over A Period Of Three Decades, The Conflict Drew In All The World S Powers And Saw Two Of Them First France, Then The United States Attempt To Subdue The Revolutionary Vietnamese Forces For France, The Defeat Marked The Effective End Of Her Colonial Empire, While For America The War Left A Gaping Wound In The Body Politic That Remains Open To This Day How Did It Happen Tapping Into Newly Accessible Diplomatic Archives In Several Nations And Making Full Use Of The Published Literature, Distinguished Scholar Fredrik Logevall Traces The Path That Led Two Western Nations To Lose Their Way In Vietnam Embers Of War Opens In At The Versailles Peace Conference, Where A Young Ho Chi Minh Delivers A Petition For Vietnamese Independence To President Woodrow Wilson It Concludes In , With A Viet Cong Ambush On A US Outpost Outside Saigon And The Deaths Of Two American Officers Whose Names Would Be The First To Be Carved Into The Black Granite Of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Between Come Years Of Political, Military, And Diplomatic Maneuvering And Miscalculation, As Leaders On All Sides Embark On A Series Of Stumbles That Makes An Eminently Avoidable Struggle A Bloody And Interminable Reality Logevall Takes Us Inside The Councils Of War And Gives Us A Seat At The Conference Tables Where Peace Talks Founder He Brings To Life The Bloodiest Battles Of France S Final Years In Indochina And Shows How From An Early Point, A Succession Of American Leaders Made Disastrous Policy Choices That Put America On Its Own Collision Course With History Harry Truman S Fateful Decision To Reverse Franklin Delano Roosevelt S Policy And Acknowledge France S Right To Return To Indochina After World War II Dwight Eisenhower S Strenuous Efforts To Keep Paris In The Fight And His Escalation Of US Involvement In The Aftermath Of The Humiliating French Defeat At Dien Bien Phu And The Curious Turnaround In Senator John F Kennedy S Thinking That Would Lead Him As President To Expand That Commitment, Despite His Publicly Stated Misgivings About Western Intervention In Southeast Asia An Epic Story Of Wasted Opportunities And Tragic Miscalculations, Featuring An Extraordinary Cast Of Larger Than Life Characters, Embers Of War Delves Deep Into The Historical Record To Provide Hard Answers To The Unanswered Questions Surrounding The Demise Of One Western Power In Vietnam And The Arrival Of Another This Book Will Become The Definitive Chronicle Of The Struggle S Origins For Years To ComeAdvance Praise For Embers Of War Fredrik Logevall Has Gleaned From American, French, And Vietnamese Sources A Splendid Account Of France S Nine Year War In Indochina And The Story Of How The American Statesmen Of The Period Allowed This Country To Be Drawn Into The Quagmire Neil Sheehan, Author Of A Bright Shining Lie, Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize And The National Book Award Fredrik Logevall Is A Wonderful Writer And Historian In His New Book On The Origins Of The American War In Vietnam, He Gives A Fascinating And Dramatic Account Of The French War And Its Aftermath, From The Perspectives Of The French, The Vietnamese, And The Americans Using Previously Untapped Sources And A Deep Knowledge Of Diplomatic History, Logevall Shows To Devastating Effect How America Found Itself On The Road To Vietnam Frances FitzGerald, Author Of Fire In The Lake, Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize And The National Book Award It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake. It is entirely unsurprising that Logevall swept nearly every history award with Embers of War It is highly readable and incredibly enlightening Having had a stepdad who was a Vietnam vet, I have become increasingly interested in the history of the war and this book provides a peerless view of the context and origins of the conflict Each of the primary actors is described in realistic detail I learned a lot about the country itself of which I was completely ignorant and I was fascinated by the human being Ho Chi Minh who was not the cardboard bad guy that I had been taught Many of the mistakes that the French made during the Indochina War were repeated in the Vietnam War and have been once again committed in Afghanistan and elsewhere This book should be read by anyone interested in Southeast Asia and the conflict that came to define a generation in Americaand Vietnam.I keep thinking of this book and would suggest that it is great to follow this one up with Frances FitzGerald s Fire in the Lake.

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  • 864 pages
  • Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
  • Fredrik Logevall
  • English
  • 22 August 2017
  • 9780375504426

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