The American Experience in Vietnam: Reflections on an Era

Posted: May 8, 2015 in Books, Vietnam War


Vietnam-War-Hub-A When it was originally published, the twenty-five-volume Vietnam Experience offered the definitive historical perspectives of The Vietnam War from some of the best rising authors on the conflict. This new edition updates the war on the fifty years that have passed since the war’s initiation.

The official successor to the Pulitzer Prize–nominated set, The American Experience in Vietnam combines the best serious historical writing about the Vietnam War with new, never-before-published photos and perspectives. New content includes social, cultural, and military analysis; a view of post 1980s Vietnam; and contextualizing discussion of U.S involvement in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Vietnam-War-Hub-AOn first impressions, you could be forgiven for thinking that The American Experience in Vietnam: Reflections on an Era is just another coffee table book.  Dip inside, though, and you’ll be impressed by how much is in there.  The photos are – of course – simply excellent, but the accompanying text is deep, and insightful.  What’s more, it also manages to strike that balance between focusing on the stories and experiences of individuals, and that of explaining their role in the grander scheme of things.

All aspects of the war are covered, making it a truly engrossing read for anyone with an interest in The Vietnam War.

vietnam-war-protestAnd it still manages to look good on your coffee table.


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