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  •  Vietnam a History (4+ / 0-)
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    I read it over a couple of days in 1983 sitting out a hurricane in a flea-bag hotel (Chunking Mansion) in Hong Kong.  I still remember the day I finished it.  That was the day the Marcos's had Ninoy Aquino murdered on the tarmac of the Manila airport.

    Ironically, Karnow's next big history was of the U.S. involvement in the Philippines.

    Karnow was more of a Villager than were his contemporaries David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan.  But that was partly the difference between working for Henry Luce and the Sulzbergers.

    Still, both books were good and informative reads, though written in that same style as Time Magazine reporting -- lots of anecdotes.  It was clear that there had been a lot of interviews with high ranking U.S. Government (and military) sources and that these were fairly successful at shaping the narrative in both books.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:29:52 PM PST

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