Embers of War

Embers of War

The Fall of An Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Book - 2012
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Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller,Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina—and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history. An epic story of wasted opportunities and deadly miscalculations,Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another. Eye-opening and compulsively readable,Embers of War is a gripping, heralded work that illuminates the hidden history of the French and American experiences in Vietnam.

Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians • Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award • Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award • Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

The Washington Post • The Christian Science Monitor • The Globe and Mail

“A balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war.”—Pulitzer Prize citation

“This extraordinary work of modern history combines powerful narrative thrust, deep scholarly authority, and quiet interpretive confidence.”—Francis Parkman Prize citation

“A monumental history . . . a widely researched and eloquently written account of how the U.S. came to be involved in Vietnam . . . certainly the most comprehensive review of this period to date.”The Wall Street Journal

“Superb . . . a product of formidable international research.”The Washington Post

“Lucid and vivid . . . [a] definitive history.”San Francisco Chronicle

“An essential work for those seeking to understand the worst foreign-policy adventure in American history . . . Even though readers know how the story ends—as withThe Iliad—they will be as riveted by the tale as if they were hearing it for the first time.”The Christian Science Monitor

“A remarkable new history . . . Logevall skillfully explains everything that led up to Vietnam’s fatal partition in 1954 [and] peppers the grand sweep of his book with vignettes of remarkable characters, wise and foolish.”The Economist

“Fascinating, beautifully written . . . Logevall’s account provides much new detail and important new insights. . . . It is impossible to read the book without being struck by contemporary parallels.”Foreign Policy

“[A] brilliant history of how the French colonial war to hang on to its colonies in Indochina became what the Vietnamese now call ‘the American war.’”—Esquire

“An excellent, valuable book.”—The Dallas Morning News

Baker & Taylor
A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors.

& Taylor

A Cornell professor presents a history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War that draws on international archives to offer key insights into how America's involvement occurred, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors and intelligence findings. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xxii, 839 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780375504426
Branch Call Number: 959.7041 Log


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Sep 19, 2015

Especially for those who thought that the Vietnam War started in 1965, this is a must-read. Even though I was of that era and reasonably informed, I had only a vague idea what had happened before and just how deeply the U.S. had been involved since WWII. There are lesson there for us today.

Feb 25, 2014

Outstanding read and a fair history. The lessons were there regarding the French involvement in IndoChina but the US didn't listen.

Aug 19, 2013

Very readable - a real page turner. I didn't know how much I didn't know about this period...

rosco2079 Jul 19, 2013

More engaging than any piece of fiction I've read this year.

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