The Vietnam War (20th Century Perspectives)

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Find out about the background, battles, and aftermath of the Vietnam War. Read and discover how the eight million bombs dropped could not guarantee an American victory in the Vietnam War; what deadly ""booby traps"" American soldiers encountered, and more.

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Douglas Willoughby is a Heinemann Raintree author.

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Grade 5-9-These titles offer brief discussions of the major events leading up to and significant incidents that were part of the periods they cover. The Cold War presents a discussion of the roots of the distrust between east and west following World War II, and explains some of the major confrontations that took place between the Soviet Union and the western nations (including the Vietnam conflict). Vietnam begins with an overview of the war, followed by a discussion of its root causes. Vietnam's historical relationship with China is described, as is the role of the French, pre- and post-World War II, and the ever-deepening U.S. involvement in the region. Both books are richly illustrated with photographs of the places, events, and people discussed in the texts, and include a number of excellent illustrative maps and drawings. Picture captions are enclosed in colored boxes and insert materials are highlighted in colored background, providing a visually engaging and eye-pleasing layout. Both narratives are clear and informative, and offer readers good introductions to the subjects, making very complex content accessible. Unfortunately, the illustrations on the opening spread of Cold War look cluttered and cartoonlike, creating a negative first impression that the content quickly dispels. Although there are many fine books on these subjects, especially for older students, as a look at the bibliographies confirms, libraries should consider adding these titles.
Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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