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The Columbia History of the Vietnam War (review)

The Columbia History of the Vietnam War (review) journal of world history, june 2012 The Columbia History of the Vietnam War. Edited by david l. anderson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. 488 pp. $65.00 (cloth). For any student or scholar of the Vietnam War, the recently published The Columbia History of the Vietnam War edited by David L. Anderson is essential reading. Masterfully written by the most prominent authorities on the Vietnam War, this volume is divided into three sections: "Chronological Perspectives," "Topical Perspectives," and "Postwar Perspectives." The stated aim of this volume is to "provide a reliable historical perspective on the Vietnam War to advance accurate scholarship and sound policymaking" (p. x). The authors accomplish this, and so much more in The Columbia History of the Vietnam War. David Anderson's introduction, which comprises almost one-quarter of the book, provides a comprehensive overview of the war. Divided into brief sections of just a few paragraphs each on the major issues and events of the war, Anderson's overture uses broad strokes to lay the foundation of the picture that is detailed in the following fourteen chapters. The introduction itself is an effective essay for either the novice or the well-read scholar of the war. For those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

The Columbia History of the Vietnam War (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 23 (2) – Aug 9, 2012

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journal of world history, june 2012 The Columbia History of the Vietnam War. Edited by david l. anderson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. 488 pp. $65.00 (cloth). For any student or scholar of the Vietnam War, the recently published The Columbia History of the Vietnam War edited by David L. Anderson is essential reading. Masterfully written by the most prominent authorities on the Vietnam War, this volume is divided into three sections: "Chronological Perspectives," "Topical Perspectives," and "Postwar Perspectives." The stated aim of this volume is to "provide a reliable historical perspective on the Vietnam War to advance accurate scholarship and sound policymaking" (p. x). The authors accomplish this, and so much more in The Columbia History of the Vietnam War. David Anderson's introduction, which comprises almost one-quarter of the book, provides a comprehensive overview of the war. Divided into brief sections of just a few paragraphs each on the major issues and events of the war, Anderson's overture uses broad strokes to lay the foundation of the picture that is detailed in the following fourteen chapters. The introduction itself is an effective essay for either the novice or the well-read scholar of the war. For those

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Published: Aug 9, 2012

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