Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Vietnam War: A Documentary Reader by Edward Miller.
About the Book: The Vietnam War is an outstanding collection of primary documents related to America’s conflict in Vietnam which includes a balance of original American and Vietnamese perspectives, providing a uniquely varied range of insights into both American and Vietnamese experiences.
- Includes substantial non-American content, including many original English translations of Vietnamese-authored texts which showcase the diversity and complexity of Vietnamese experiences during the war
- Contains original American documents germane to the continuing debates about the causes, consequences and morality of the US intervention
- Incorporates personal histories of individual Americans and Vietnamese
- Introductory headnotes place each document in context
- Features a range of non-textual documents, including iconic photographs and political cartoons
My Review: I borrowed this little treasure from our local library and I’m glad I did.
For those that may not be aware, I am a huge history nerd and this was perfect. The thing I really love about this book is how it’s actual documents, or translations of actual documents that explain all sides of the Vietnam War and not a historical book with the author’s conclusions being shared.
While it’s meant for discussion in a classroom, it’s an awesome resource if you have a paper to write or just want to expand you understanding or just enjoy a good history source. If you’re a history nerd and want an interesting read, this is it.