Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy: 1945-1975

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy: 1945-1975:Max Hastings
    20th September 2018

    Max Hastings chronicles Vietnam with the benefit of vivid personal memories: first of reporting in 1967-68 from the United States, where he encountered many of the war’s decision-makers including President Lyndon Johnson, then of successive assignments in Indochina for newspapers and BBC TV: he rode a helicopter out of the US Saigon embassy compound during the 1975 final evacuation. He is the author of twenty-six books, most about conflict, and between 1986 and 2002 served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph, then editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books, of which the most recent are All Hell Let Loose, Catastrophe and The Secret War, best-sellers translated around the world. He has two grown-up children, Charlotte and Harry, and lives with his wife Penny in West Berkshire, where they garden enthusiastically.

  2. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    O no.

    Not again Hastings.

    Pls no.

    No no no.

    Retire pls.
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  3. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Vietnam, well, well...

    Here’s my take on Vietnam and bear in mind I grew-up with this going on; it was a big part of my youth.

    USA enters Vietnam War as No.1 super power. UK peaved by USA’s treatment of UK over Suez doesn’t join in (officially).

    USA gets its arse kicked, BIG time. It lost.

    Lesson learned = USA should never enter any conflict without the UK fully involved.

    We may not do things the way the USA likes, but we’ve got centuries of experience kicking arse...
  4. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    An interesting re-write of history.

    From a military perspective, the US did not get ‘its arse kicked’ in Vietnam. It had the handle of both the Vietcong and the NVA as witnessed by the US military success that overwhelmed the Tet Offensive.

    The US lost the war for many political reasons.


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  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

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  6. Margaret Ann

    Margaret Ann Junior Member

    Well, I know who needs his arse kicking on this forum.
  7. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Maybe so but this is a war I view as having no winner. To varying degrees, all the participants lost.

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