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While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of US involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the listener from the marshy Mekong Delta swamps to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.

Hanoi’s War renders transparent the internal workings of America’s most elusive enemy during the Cold War and shows that the war fought during the peace negotiations was bloodier and much more far-reaching than thought before. Using never-before-seen archival materials from the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as materials from other archives around the world, Nguyen explores the politics of warmaking and peacemaking not only from the North Vietnamese perspective but also from that of South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States, presenting a uniquely international portrait.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nguyen’s magnificent book is truly an international history of the war, with new Vietnamese sources and serious attention to international actors. Scholars of the Vietnam War and the Cold War will be in her debt.”

    Andrew Preston, Cambridge University

  • “Using important new documentation from across the world, most notably Vietnam, Lien-Hang Nguyen has written the first truly authoritative account of the negotiations that led to the 1973 Paris Peace Accords. Hanoi’s War is an extraordinary achievement, an indispensable contribution to the rapidly changing history of the conflicts in Vietnam.”

    George C. Herring, author of America’s Longest War: The United States in Vietnam, 1950-1975

  • “At last, a genuinely international history of the Vietnam War that solidly rests on Vietnamese sources in order to offer a deep analysis of the war from the other side. This is one of the most important books published on the Vietnam War in the last thirty years.”

    Marilyn B. Young, New York University

  • “Nguyen’s beautifully crafted and original book makes a transformative contribution to the study of the Vietnam wars. In offering a compelling analysis of newly available Vietnamese source material set against a capacious international canvas, Nguyen lets us fully understand how and why this tragic war finally came to an end. No one has so richly captured how the Vietnamese made their own history and at the same time produced such a luminous work of international history.”

    Mark Philip Bradley, University of Chicago

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 6/23/2013

    " A super dense, but interesting book primarily about the internal politics in Vietnam during the Vietnam war that finally led to the unification between the north & south. "

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About the Author

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen earned her PhD from Yale in 2008 and is assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky. In 1975, her family fled Saigon by boat and was picked up by the US 7th fleet. She is now a member of the American Historical Association, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Association for Asian Studies and serves on the executive committee of the Vietnam Studies Group. She received an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.