Academic journal article Air Power History

Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

Academic journal article Air Power History

Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

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Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam. By Lien-Hang T. Nguyen. Chapel Hill NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Photographs. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp xiv, 464. $29.68 ISBN: 978-080783551-7

Part of the University of North Carolina Press's New Cold War History Series, this volume stands on its own as a ground-breaking political and diplomatic history. Author Lien-Hang Nguyen, associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky, utilizes previously untapped archival material from Vietnam, including records from what was formerly the government of North Vietnam, along with documentary sources from several countries. She reveals the tensions and disunity in that regime and demonstrates that real power and influence rested largely with Le Duan, the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and Le Duc Tho, whose negotiations with Dr. Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's national security advisor, were instrumental in ending U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.

Utilizing official documentation from the time and other sources shedding light on Le Duan and Lu Duc Tho, Nguyen provides a new lens, hitherto unavailable, with which to examine some of the mysteries of the "other side's" conflict and seeks to remedy the imbalance in our understanding of the war. …

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