An essential new resource for students and teachers of the Vietnam
War, this concise collection of primary sources opens a valuable
window on an extraordinarily complex conflict.
The materials gathered here, from both the American and Vietnamese
sides, remind readers that the conflict touched the lives of many
people in a wide range of social and political situations and
spanned a good deal more time than the decade of direct U.S.
combat. Indeed, the U.S. war was but one phase in a string of
conflicts that varied significantly in character and geography.
Michael Hunt brings together the views of the conflict's disparate
players--from Communist leaders, Vietnamese peasants, Saigon
loyalists, and North Vietnamese soldiers to U.S. policymakers,
soldiers, and critics of the war. By allowing the participants to
speak, this volume encourages readers to formulate their own
historically grounded understanding of a still controversial