v.1-858; v.2-857 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Like new. Each volume in sturdy cardboard slipcase. JOURNALISM. American journalists report on the Vietnam War. Volume I covers 1959-69. Volume II covers 1969-75. "...in this enormous body of almost a million words, there is a heroic determination to understand, and to redeem physical pain and loss with mental clarity. For that alone, we owe these writers a huge debt of gratitude."-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review-Gerald Nicosia. Volume 1 ISBN 1883011582, Volume 2 ISBN 1883011590. (Key Words: Journalism, Asia, Vietnam, United States, World War II, Gulf of Tonkin, Sydney H. Schanberg, James Michener, Korea, Bernard Fall, David Halberstam, Stanley Karnow, Walter Cronkite, Joseph Alsop, Peter Arnett, Milton J. Bates).
Publishers Weekly, 1998-09-14 It is probably not possible to boil down the Vietnam conflict into a pocket-size distillation, but the editors of this thorough and well-chosen collection of reporting and writing have made a worthy attempt. From a vivid Time magazine account of the deaths of several U.S. advisers?which packs a wallop in a mere three paragraphs?on through exemplary work by David Halberstam, Peter Arnett and selections from the journals of Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and Michael Herr, these two volumes attempt to let every side have its point of view. Soldiers, commanders, scribes and protesters all give their own versions of the hellish fighting and its ramifications. The collection also sheds light on how much the newsgathering business has changed since that time. The accounts here?except perhaps for those rooted in the burgeoning "new journalism"?are based more in fact than in spin, making one wonder how today's reporters would chronicle those bygone events. Readers may gloss over some of the analysis and editorializing, much of which is rooted in its own time. But when Halberstam profiles John Paul Vann, a high-ranking officer who saw that the U.S. effort in Vietnam was doomed; when U.S. News & World Report offers in-the-thick-of-it commentary from pilot "Jerry" Shenk; and when Tom Wolfe chronicles Ken Kesey's appearance at Berkeley in his own inimitable fashion, then suddenly it's "Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, we've all been there," as Herr writes. This book will help readers understand better what it was like to live through that tumultuous period of American history. Maps, 32-page photo insert. BOMC main selection. (Oct.) FYI: The Vietnam Reader, edited by Stewart O'Nan and also out in October, from Holt, is a wide-ranging anthology of fiction and nonfiction, songs, photography and poetry about the war, little of which overlaps with the above two volumes. ($15.95 paper 800p ISBN 0-385-49118-2).
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