A People's History of the Vietnam War

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9781565848078: A People's History of the Vietnam War

The war in Indochina as seen through the eyes of those fighting on both sides.

In an exciting new installment of The New Press's People's History Series, Jonathan Neale gives us an incisive account of the war America lost, from the perspective of those who opposed it on both sides of the battlefront as well as on the home front.

The protagonists in Neale's history of the "American War" (as the Vietnamese refer to it) are common people struggling to shape the outcome of events unfolding on an international stage—American foot soldiers who increasingly oppose American military policy on the ground in Vietnam, local Vietnamese activists and guerrillas fighting to build a just society, and the American civilians who mobilized to bring the war to a halt.

Neale provides a sober account of the evolving priorities of the Vietnamese and American elites, and of the many ways that their strategic objectives were shaped, reshaped, and driven off-course by upsurges from below. His narrative includes vivid, first-person commentary from the ordinary men and women whose collective actions resulted in the defeat of the world's most powerful military machine.

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Jonathan Neale has written eleven plays, three novels, and four nonfiction books. His most recent books are The Naked Mountain, about Sherpa climbers, and Lost At Sea, a children's novel.

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Explicitly addressing contemporary protesters aggrieved by World Bank meetings, the author reviews the war on which he cut his radical teeth, the conflict in Vietnam. With an inspirational purpose, Neale's work cannot technically be considered a "history," because its text largely synthesizes secondary sources; nevertheless, its point of view is extant if not widespread and, therefore, should be represented in library collections. Neale's is left of left, and he couches his version of the Vietnam War in the Marxist terms ruling class and class struggle. Thus the war originated in landlords' oppression of peasants in Vietnam (not from the North's relentless pressure on the South), and the American ruling class intervened partly to uphold anti-communism at home--specifically, to keep unions down and socialism suffocated, according to Neale. He further credits the antiwar movement with ending the war, holding forth his example to encourage his readers' current causes. Though energetic in its outrage, Neale's work illustrates history as refracted through his own ideology. Gilbert Taylor
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