In his most sweeping history book to date, Max Hastings chronicles one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected.
Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle and detailing the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed 2 million people. No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings’ readers know so well.
Max Hastings is the author of several books, many about warfare. The most recent is the bestselling and critically acclaimed Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War, 1914. In his early career as a correspondent, he reported on the 1982 Falklands War, experiences which he described in his memoir Going to the Wars. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London, he was knighted in 2002.
Max Hastings (photo: Toby Madden)