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- Tom Heneghan, Reuters bureau chief in Bangkok for Thailand and Indochina in the late 1980s."The Vietnam war was the nightmare of my high school and college years, and I later covered post-war Vietnam as a foreign correspondent. This fine history gives today's students both a clear overview of the conflict and the historical context to understand how it began and what its legacy has been."
- Matthew Masur, Associate Professor of History, St. Anselm College, Co-editor of Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War (UW Press)."A great introduction to the Vietnam War for young readers. Diggs' book is clear, readable, and engaging. She takes an important but challenging topic and treats it with fairness and sensitivity."
School Library Journal Gr 8 UP A well-organized and succinct work to accompany U.S. history units. The book follows the trajectory of the Vietnam War and includes vocabulary labs at the end of each chapter, project ideas (writing a song or poem about a current political/social concern), investigative questions and points to ponder or debate. ("How was guerilla warfare different from traditional warfare?"). Content includes the Chinese occupation, French imperialism, and U.S. sentiment following the fall of Saigon. The writing is concise with relevant sources and differing points of view. Tech enthusiasts will like the inclusion of QR codes with primary source videos and documents. VERDICT: This text could be used as a supplemental study guide for dedicated students.