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Tuesday 20 June 2017An accessible new visual account of the causes, progression, and legacy of the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War The Vietnam War 1945 – 1975
David Parsons, Marci Reaven and Lily Wong

“In the twenty-first century, the war’s complicated legacy continues to unfold. Vietnam presented a deep challenge to the nation’s self-image of moral authority and military invincibility. The war may be in the past, but the questions raised by America’s many years of military involvement in Vietnam are as alive as ever.” – From the essay, ‘Why Does the Vietnam War Matter?’

This vividly illustrated book offers a clear and engaging account of the full expanse of the Vietnam War—its causes, conduct, and consequences on the warfront, as well as reaction to the war back home. The Vietnam War was the first major conflict to be televised on a regular basis, with the number of Americans injured and dead announced nightly. The public’s response to images beamed directly into their living rooms played an important role in the eventual outcome of the war and in the decisions of the American military command.

Packed with photographs, posters and other images that evoke the period, this volume traces the history of American involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975. Six short essays and nearly 50 chronological entries highlight the places, people, key events and important questions of the era.

There are photos of American soldiers walking through rice fields; being evacuated by helicopter; the shocking photo of the self-immolation of a Buddhist monk to protest the Diem regime’s treatment of Buddhists; American river patrol boats and crew; Dr. Martin Luther King and Bejamin Spock protesting the war; an essay and photos on 1968, the turning point of the war, and so much more, such as the My Lai Massacre and the shooting at Kent State on to the soldiers returning home and the final essay, “Why Does the Vietnam War Matter?’

More than 40 years have passed since the Vietnam War came to an end, but its far-reaching impact continues to reverberate today and is especially timely. Grounded in recent scholarship, The Vietnam War integrates multiple perspectives as it brings home the complexity of one of the momentous events of the twentieth century.


The accompanying exhibition The Vietnam War 1945–1975 will be on display at the New-York Historical Society from October 2017 to April 2018.

The Vietnam War


Written by David Parsons, Marci Reaven, and Lily Wong

UK£11.95 / US$17.95


ISBN 978-1-907804-77-9

96 pages

229 × 152 mm (6 × 9 in), Portrait

80 colour and b&w illustrations, photographs and map

Published by D Giles Ltd in association with the New-York Historical Society

Publication date: September 2017


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For Further Information and Review Copies:
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Groundbreaking exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975