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The Real History of the Vietnam War

A New Look at the Past

Alan Axelrod


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Released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the escalation of the Vietnam War, this fifth volume in the Real History series draws parallels between contemporary international conflicts and what occurred in Vietnam half a century ago.
Events since 2001 suggest that the agonizing lessons Vietnam should have taught us about armed enterprises in remote lands have gone unlearned. In examining questions about that tumultuous era--including the complex political manipulations that led to our entanglement in Vietnam and the intensification of hostilities--Alan Axelrod also enhances our understanding of why we went into both Iraq and Afghanistan. Fascinating sidebars explore pop culture influences, forgotten faces, reality checks, alternate realities, and other amazing details. The high-impact contemporary design includes contemporary photography and maps.

Praise For The Real History of the Vietnam War: A New Look at the Past

Praise for the Real History series:
The Real History of World War II:
“Axelrod set out to write 'a good basic book on World War II' that would be 'purposely concise, nonacademic . . . and straightforward.' He has succeeded in all respects. . . . Read[s] . . . like a novel.”--Library Journal  The Real History of the American Revolution:
“Lavishly illustrated, and intriguing sidebars . . . are interspersed throughout the text. . . . [A] lively narrative.”--Publishers Weekly

Sterling, 9781402790256, 369pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

About the Author

Alan Axelrod is the prolific author of over 60 popular business and history books, including Sterling's CEO, Profiles in, Real History, and Risk series. He has been a creative consultant and on-camera personality for documentary series on A&E and Discovery Channel, among others, and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, and numerous radio programs, including NPR. He has been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, and USA Today. Axelrod lives in Atlanta, GA.