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Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War

Max Hastings

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Anno: 2019
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 752 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 198 x 129 mm
Peso: 580 gr.
  • EAN: 9780008133016
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'His masterpiece' Antony Beevor, Spectator 'A masterful performance' Sunday Times 'By far the best book on the Vietnam War' Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the Year Vietnam became the Western world's most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. He portrays the set pieces of Dienbienphu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam, and less familiar battles such as the bloodbath at Daido, where a US Marine battalion was almost wiped out, together with extraordinary recollections of Ho Chi Minh's warriors. Here are the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed 2 million people. Many writers treat the war as a US tragedy, yet Hastings sees it as overwhelmingly that of the Vietnamese people, of whom forty died for every American. US blunders and atrocities were matched by those committed by their enemies. While all the world has seen the image of a screaming, naked girl seared by napalm, it forgets countless eviscerations, beheadings and murders carried out by the communists. The people of both former Vietnams paid a bitter price for the Northerners' victory in privation and oppression. Here is testimony from Vietcong guerrillas, Southern paratroopers, Saigon bargirls and Hanoi students alongside that of infantrymen from South Dakota, Marines from North Carolina, Huey pilots from Arkansas. No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings' readers know so well. The author suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle with so many lessons for the 21st century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges. He marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers, to create an extraordinary record.
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    Inglese, Sir Max Hastings scrive per il Daily Mail e il Financial Times. Ha ricevuto numerosi premi per i suoi libri e le sue inchieste – Reporter of the Year nel 1982 e Editor Of The Year nel 1988. Nel 2008 ha ottenuto la Medaglia Westminster per il suo contributo alla letteratura militare, e nel 2009 l’Edgar Wallace Trophy del Press Club di Londra.Ha presentato numerosi documentari televisivi ed è stato insignito di lauree honoris causa dalle università di Leicester e Nottingham. È stato promotore e presidente della Campagna per la protezione dell’Inghilterra rurale (2002-2007) e curatore e amministratore della National Portrait Gallery (1995-2004).Vive con la moglie nel West Berkshire.Tra le sue opere figurano Inferno. Il mondo in guerra 1939-1945... Approfondisci
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