While the Vietnam War is thought of as a conflict that began in the early 1960s, the United States was involved in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975. During the course of the war, nearly 60,000 Americans were killed. The events of the Vietnam War set off a firestorm of protest at home that shook the foundations of the country and forever changed the character of our nation.
James H. Willbanks, PhD, is General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History and director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He is a retired Army officer with 23 years of service, including a tour as an adviser with a South Vietnamese infantry regiment during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive.
"This publication provides a better understanding of various aspects of the Vietnam War for its readers, especially through reading the introductory essays. The fact that the editor, James Willbanks, was actually there as an Army officer and advisor, does add some authority to this work." - Reference Reviews
"An excellent starting point for compressed background information on a large number of the complex topics and issues related to the Vietnam War." - Booklist
"Overall, this is a 'just the facts' type of resource, and a good starting point for brief information on the multitudinous topics related to the Vietnam War. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice