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In this comprehensive history, Stanley Karnow demystifies the tragic ordeal of America’s war in Vietnam. The book’s central theme is that America’s leaders, prompted as much by domestic politics as by global ambitions, carried the United States into Southeast Asia with little regard for the realities of the region. Karnow elucidates the decision-making process in Washington and Asia and recounts the political and military events that occurred after the Americans arrived in Vietnam. Throughout, he focuses on people, those who shaped strategy and those who suffered, died, or survived as a result.

Panoramic in scope and filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with hundreds of participants on both sides, Vietnam: A History transcends the past with lessons relevant to the present and the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even those of us who think we know something about [the Vietnam War] will read with fascination.”

    New York Times

  • “This is the first ‘big’ history in English of Vietnam at war, and it is superb.”

    USA Today

  • “The best journalist writing on Asian affairs.”


  • “A landmark work…The most complete account to date of the Vietnam tragedy.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A rich and unusal mixture. [Karnow] has the master reporter’s eye for meaningful detail.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This is history writing at its best.”

    Chicago Sun Times

  • “Controlled, comprehensive, and clear. Its strength lies not only in research and analysis, but in Karnow’s actual process of thinking itself.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brad | 2/16/2014

    " very detailed history of not only the war, but the history of the country and it's people..pretty amazing stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill Borden | 2/2/2014

    " An in-depth look at Vietnam's embattled history, lost opportunities by the United States, and the in-fighting that crippled South Vietnam's ability to fight the Viet Cong and increasingly North Vietnam soldiers. Karnow highlights the debates among Washington policymakers and the decision making about combat and diplomacy in great detail. Karnow's background as Time's Southeast Asian Correspondent gives him a great deal of authority to engage a wide range of sources about how the war was fought and the negotiations behind the scenes until the fall of Saigon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Casey | 1/30/2014

    " I'm very much looking forward to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ron | 1/30/2014

    " Should be 3 1/2 stars. A terrific history, and I really appreciated the scope of the story Karnow told. His wisdom in his many years of reporting in Vietnam shine through. I just wondered why the Nixon years felt so thin. There was, I felt, a lack of details in the telling of the fighting. I would have liked to see more on the plight of the soldiers, and the effect of the draft. Still, a compelling, appalling narrative. Should be required reading. "

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About the Author

Stanley Karnow was born in New York and graduated from Harvard in 1947. He began his journalistic career in Paris in 1950 as a Time correspondent. He covered Southeast Asia from 1959 until 1974 for Time, Life, the Saturday Evening Post, the London Observer, the Washington Post, and NBC News and was later an editor for the New Republic. He has written a number of books, including the bestselling Vietnam: A History and the Pulitzer Prize–winning In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines. He lives in Washington, DC.