Hanoi's war

Lien-Hang T Nguyen

An international history of the War for Peace in Vietnam.

While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.S.  involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative will take you from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.

Hanoi's War renders transparent the internal workings of America's most elusive enemy during the Cold War and shows that the war fought during the peace negotiations was bloodier and much more wide ranging than it had been previously. Using archival materials from the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as materials from other archives around the world, Nguyen explores the politics of war-making and peace-making not only from the North Vietnamese perspective but also from that of South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States, presenting a uniquely international portrait.

2013 Stuart L. Bernath Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Finalist, Berkshire Conference First Book Prize

2012 Edward M. Coffman Prize, Society for Military History

Hard cover, 444 pages.

Hanoi's war