Based on multiarchival research conducted over almost three decades, this book tells how a few men set off a war that would lead to tragedy for millions. The author was one of the first historians to delve into scores of secret French, British, and American political, military, and intelligence documents.
In this account of an unfolding tragedy, the book brings this research to bear to disentangle the complex web of events, actions, and mentalities that led to thirty years of war in Indochina. As the story unfolds, the book challenges some widespread misconceptions, arguing that French general As the story unfolds, the book challenges some widespread misconceptions, arguing that French general Leclerc fell into a Chinese trap in March , and Vietnamese general Giap into a French trap in December.
Taking us from the antechambers of policymakers in Paris to the docksides of Haiphong and the streets of Hanoi, the book provides an account of the series of events that would make Vietnam the most embattled area in the world during the Cold War period. Forgot password?
Historians have written scores of books in English on the events leading the Americans into war in Vietnam in the early s. And many more are now. Editorial Reviews. Review. “A marvelous read. Tønnesson writes deftly and lucidly. His analysis sparkles with gems of detail and insight.” (New Mandala.
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