10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War by Philip Caputo

By Philip Caputo

It was once the warfare that lasted 10000 days. The warfare that encouraged rankings of songs. The battle that sparked dozens of riots. And during this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- profitable journalist Philip Caputo writes approximately our country's so much arguable warfare -- the Vietnam struggle -- for younger readers. From the 1st stirrings of unrest in Vietnam below French colonial rule, to American intervention, to the conflict at Hamburger Hill, to the Tet Offensive, to the autumn of Saigon, 10,000 Days of Thunder explores the conflict that modified the lives of a new release of usa citizens and that also reverberates with us this day.
integrated inside 10,000 Days of Thunder are own anecdotes from squaddies and civilians, in addition to profiles and money owed of the activities of many old luminaries, either American and Vietnamese, all in favour of the Vietnam battle, comparable to Richard M. Nixon, basic William C. Westmoreland, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Galloway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and normal Vo Nguyen Giap. Caputo additionally explores the increase of Communism in Vietnam, the jobs that ladies performed at the battlefield, the antiwar stream at domestic, the participation of Vietnamese villagers within the conflict, in addition to the far-reaching impression of the war's aftermath.
Caputo's dynamic narrative is highlighted through wonderful photos and key crusade and battlefield maps, making 10,000 Days of Thunder THE consummate publication at the Vietnam warfare for children.

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Com Text copyright © 2005 by Philip Caputo All other materials copyright © 2005 by Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc. S. and South Vietnamese action against Viet Cong guerrillas in 1962. S. soldier protects South Vietnamese villagers during a mission to round up suspected Viet Cong. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. The text of this book is set in Goudy. Manufactured in the United States of America First Edition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Caputo, Philip.

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