Viet Nam A History from Earliest Times to the Present

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I wanted to read a history of the country of Vietnam before we headed there for a trip. The vast majority of the books that I could find in popular print related only to the Vietnamese-American War, but I wanted something more comprehensive. This book it did not disappoint those expectations. The author does a brilliant job providing an overview of the complete history of Vietnam from prehistory to contemporary times. This book could have easily become plodding, unwieldy, and unbearable to read; however, that was not the case here at all. The author helpfully outlined all the major periods in Vietnamese history without getting too far in the weeds or losing the complexity of the forces at play in shaping these events. I especially enjoyed the sections on prehistory and bronze age peoples in Vietnam. I would highly recommend this book.


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