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Von: Max Hastings,Max Hastings
Gesprochen von: Max Hastings - introduction
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    From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes a masterful chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected. 

    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 United States 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 of an epic struggle. He portrays the set pieces of Dienbienphu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam and less familiar battles such as the bloodbath at Daido, where a US Marine battalion was almost wiped out, together with extraordinary recollections of Ho Chi Minh’s warriors. Here are the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed two million people.

    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. US blunders and atrocities were matched by those committed by their enemies. While all the world has seen the image of a screaming, naked girl seared by napalm, it forgets countless eviscerations, beheadings and murders carried out by the communists. The people of both former Vietnams paid a bitter price for the Northerners’ victory in privation and oppression. Here is testimony from Vietcong guerrillas, Southern paratroopers, Saigon bargirls and Hanoi students alongside that of infantrymen from South Dakota, marines from North Carolina and Huey pilots from Arkansas.

    No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings’ listeners know so well. The author suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle, with so many lessons for the 21st century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges. He marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers, to create an extraordinary record.

    ©2018 Max Hastings (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

    Kritikerstimmen

    "This is a comprehensive, spellbinding, surprisingly intimate, and altogether magnificent historical narrative." (Tim O’Brien)

    "Masterpiece...manages with great skill to combine the accumulation of strategic and political disaster with the real experience of those fighting on the ground." (Antony Beevor, Spectator

    "Will surely set the benchmark for years to come. This may be his best. Exhaustively researched and superbly written, it is both a balanced account of how and why the war unfolded as it did, and a gripping narrative on what it was like to take part. History as it should be: objective, immersive and compelling." (Daily Telegraph, five stars)  

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    Wer einen guten Überblick zum Vietnamkrieg bekommen möchte, ist hier gut aufgehoben.
    Wer mehr möchte, kann Hastings beruhigt links liegen lassen.
    Dieses Buch gehört definitiv nicht zu den Besten des Autors. Man musste halt auch zu dem Thema noch ein Buch rausbringen um zu allen Konflikten was geschrieben zu haben. Der Sprecher macht seinen Job extrem solide.