Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman's Vietnam is a concise history of the protracted and controversial war in Indochina.
In an enthralling book, Russell Freedman provides a succinct account of perhaps the most puzzling and contentious of America's wars. Describing how a superpower caught up in Cold War politics became increasingly enmeshed in a conflict over 8,000 miles away, he then explains why twenty years later an exit was so difficult. In words and photographs he chronicles the unfolding events in Vietnam and at home as increasing numbers of young men were sent into the jungles to fight. After assessing the catastrophic damage, Freedman concludes the book with a hopeful epilogue on Vietnam today.
A glossary, source notes, bibliography and index are included.
★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN!★★★★ “In an excellent study of the Vietnam War that examines the conflict and its aftermath from multiple angles, Freedman (We Will Not Be Silent) again tackles a complex historical event and breaks it down into an accessible account for young readers. . . . Poignant."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “A clear-eyed view of a watershed event.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Solid history that doesn't shy away from difficult truths and important moral and political lessons."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Absorbing, concise, . . . stellar. . . . The text concludes with a thought-provoking and hopeful chapter on the reconciliation between the once embattled enemies. . . . A must for all history shelves."—Booklist, starred review