Sunday Tribune - - BOOKS ANG TECH - Max Hast­ings Wil­liam Collins Publishers

A MAS­TER­FUL chron­i­cle of one of the most dev­as­tat­ing in­ter­na­tional con­flicts of the 20th cen­tury.

Viet­nam be­came the West­ern world’s most di­vi­sive mod­ern con­flict, pre­cip­i­tat­ing a bat­tle­field hu­mil­i­a­tion for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the US in 1975.

Max Hast­ings has spent the past three years in­ter­view­ing scores of par­tic­i­pants on both sides, as well as re­search­ing a mul­ti­tude of Amer­i­can and Viet­namese doc­u­ments and mem­oirs, to cre­ate an epic nar­ra­tive.

Many writ­ers treat the war as a US tragedy, yet Hast­ings sees it as over­whelm­ingly that of the Viet­namese peo­ple, of whom 40 died for ev­ery Amer­i­can.

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