10,000 Days of Thunder. A History of the Vietnam War by Philip Caputo

By Philip Caputo

It used to be the warfare that lasted 10000 days. The conflict that encouraged ratings of songs. The conflict that sparked dozens of riots. And during this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- profitable journalist Philip Caputo writes approximately our country's so much debatable struggle -- the Vietnam conflict -- for younger readers. From the 1st stirrings of unrest in Vietnam lower than French colonial rule, to American intervention, to the conflict at Hamburger Hill, to the Tet Offensive, to the autumn of Saigon, 10,000 Days of Thunder explores the struggle that modified the lives of a iteration of usa citizens and that also reverberates with us this day.

Included inside of 10,000 Days of Thunder are own anecdotes from infantrymen and civilians, in addition to profiles and bills of the activities of many historic luminaries, either American and Vietnamese, occupied with the Vietnam battle, equivalent to Richard M. Nixon, basic William C. Westmoreland, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Galloway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and...

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THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL AND THE DMZ The two most important man-made land features in the Vietnam War were the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Demilitarized Zone—the DMZ. QUICK FACTS • To stop North Vietnamese Army (NVA) infiltration across the DMZ, the United States launched Operation Die Marker, an attempt to construct a 25-mile-long high-tech anti-infiltration barrier cleared of all vegetation and containing barbed wire, minefields, watchtowers, and state-of-the-art electronic devices, including sensors that detected movement and sound along the DMZ.

St. Paul’s Church seen during the bombing of London in World War II. Although both the United States and the Soviet Union had nuclear capabilities, this threat did not lead either of them to peacefully settle their differences. Instead it caused them to fight on non-nuclear battlefields in regional conflicts, a series of struggles that came to be called the Cold War. The Korean War was one such conflict. The largest of them was to become the Vietnam War. Important political events and parades in the Soviet Union were always held in Moscow’s Red Square.

When I was home on leave, some antiwar activists threw a bagful of food scraps in my face because my “high and tight” military haircut marked me as a soldier. People often ask me why the United States lost the war. To this day Americans have a hard time accepting the fact that the most powerful nation on Earth, with its mighty economy and large military resources, could not prevail against a small, mainly agricultural nation composed mostly of peasants. Many reasons have been given, some valid and some questionable, but in my mind America’s defeat is best explained by the nature of the war.

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