Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing participants on both sides, as well as researching American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create a narrative of an epic struggle.
He portrays the epic struggle at Dien Bien Phu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam, and less familiar battles such as Daido, where a US Marine battalion was almost wiped out. He brings to life the vivid realities of a war amid jungle and paddies that killed over 2 million people.
There will be a book sale and signing after the talk.