Embers of War

Embers of War

The Fall of An Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Book - 2012
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"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 1919 at the Versailles Peace Conference, where a young Ho Chi Minh delivers a petition for Vietnamese independence to President Woodrow Wilson. It concludes in 1959, with a Viet Cong ambush on a U.S. 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 le
Publisher: New York : Random House, c 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375504426
0375504427
Branch Call Number: History 959.704 Log

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SeattleSaul
Sep 19, 2015

Especially for those who thought that the Vietnam War started in 1965, this is a must-read. Even though I was of that era and reasonably informed, I had only a vague idea what had happened before and just how deeply the U.S. had been involved since WWII. There are lesson there for us today.

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nealsubterra
Feb 25, 2014

Outstanding read and a fair history. The lessons were there regarding the French involvement in IndoChina but the US didn't listen.

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DougKJohnson
Aug 19, 2013

Very readable - a real page turner. I didn't know how much I didn't know about this period...

rosco2079 Jul 19, 2013

More engaging than any piece of fiction I've read this year.

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