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Hanoi's War


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Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky.


Whatever you think you know about the war in Vietnam will be challenged, revised, and deepened by this remarkable book. . . . Hanoi's War is a must-read. . . .The book deserves more attention than it has thus far received. It enriches our understanding of the War in Vietnam and by implication, subsequent American commitments, including the war in Afghanistan.--Artfuse
Hanoi's War is first-rate. The scope is ambitious. . . . The value of Hanoi's War is its use of existing records to produce a new interpretation of Hanoi's struggle. It adds a valuable new chapter to the international history of the war.--Journal of Military History
Groundbreaking. . . . Challenges many long-held assumptions about North Vietnam's leadership and military and diplomatic
A major contribution to Vietnam War scholarship in general.--Diplomatic History
A well written, meticulously researched book that will appeal to both military and general readers.--Michigan War Studies Review
One of the most important books on the Vietnam War to come along in some time. . . . A remarkable piece of scholarship that serves to correct many of the commonly held ideas about how the war was conducted on the other side.--Military Review
[A] valuable narrative of Hanoi's diplomatic struggles.--Times Literary Supplement
Using interviews with key actors and previously unavailable sources from Vietnamese archives, Nguyen uncovers the complexity and lack of uniformity of North Vietnam's decision-making. . . . Unlike most narratives, hers starts with a thorough analysis of the rise to power of the figures most central to the DRV decision-making during the American phase of the war.--History: Reviews of New Books
A fine example of the emerging international history of the Vietnam War.--Pacific Historical Review
An indispensable guide to understanding.--Journal of Cold War Studies
All readers of Hanoi's War will benefit from [Nguyen's] major contribution to the historiography of the Vietnam War.--Australian Book Review
Hanoi's War is the book for which historians of the American war in Vietnam have been waiting: the first comprehensive study drawn from Vietnamese archival and published sources that provides a critical examination of North Vietnam's strategic decisions. There is no other work like it in English, Vietnamese, or any other language. Nguyen has made a pathbreaking contribution to historical understanding of the war.--Journal of American History
Excellent new work on the Vietnam War.--Cross-Currents
Nguyen should be congratulated for tilting decisively away from America's war in Vietnam. . . . She gives Vietnamese-language sources the attention they deserve.--Critical Asian Studies
A model of multinational Cold War history.--Journal of Vietnamese Studies
Nguyen's outstanding work makes a major contribution to our understanding of the interplay between North and South Vietnam, domestic repression in the DRV, the communist alliance system, and American policy during the conflict.--American Historical Review
[A] deeply researched, well-argued book.--The VVA Veteran
Arguably one of the most illuminating books available on the subject of the North Vietnamese Communist Party during the Vietnam War.--On Point
A breakthrough of unique importance for a fuller understanding of the history of the Vietnam War.--H-War
The first major account of North Vietnamese policy during what the Vietnamese call the American War. . . . Nguyen's command of the available Vietnamese-language primary sources, both northern and southern, is impressive, as are her efforts to reconstruct North Vietnamese decision making. . . . Hanoi's War begins to point us toward fundamentally new interpretative vistas.--H-Diplo
A must addition for any academic library today. Essential. All levels/libraries.--Choice
Stunning. . . . [Nguyen] presents a compelling view from 'the other side of the hill.'--Sea Classics
Without question, Hanoi's War stands as a major accomplishment and one of the most important scholarly works to appear on this later, and relatively understudied, phase of the struggle.--Foreign Affairs
[A] groundbreaking book.--Review of Politics
[Nguyen's] focus on the Hanoi government and individuals within it give the reader a much needed perspective that puts the Vietnamese role front and center.--Counterpunch

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