The Vietnam War: A Graphic History

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 2009 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 143 pages
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When Senator Edward Kennedy declared, "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam," everyone understood. The Vietnam War has become the touchstone for U.S. military misadventures-a war lost on the home front although never truly lost on the battlefront. During the pivotal decade of 1962 to 1972, U.S. involvement rose from a few hundred advisers to a fighting force of more than one million. This same period saw the greatest schism in American society since the Civil War, a generational divide pitting mothers and fathers against sons and daughters who protested the country's ever-growing military involvement in Vietnam. Meanwhile, well-intentioned decisions in Washington became operational orders with tragic outcomes in the rice paddies, jungles, and villages of Southeast Asia. Through beautifully rendered artwork, The Vietnam War: A Graphic History depicts the course of the war from its initial expansion in the early 1960s through the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, and what transpired at home, from the antiwar movement and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to the Watergate break-in and the resignation of a president.


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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

I am quickly becoming a fan of vansant's work. He didn't write this one, but his art effectively complements the text here, which is probably the best overview of the Vietnam War I've encountered. This is nonfiction comics at its finest. Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

Lots of good information about the war. Filled in a many gaps in my knowledge of the war. Read full review


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Dwight Jon Zimmerman has written on military subjects for the Naval Institute Press, Vietnam magazine, and the Faircount Publication's ongoing series of military-themed magazines, and has served as the co-executive producer of the Discovery Channel's miniseries First Command, which was based on his book of the same name. His The Book of War won the 2009 Gold Award for Reference by the Military Writers Society of America. Zimmerman has served as an editor at Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Topps Comics, and Marvel Comics. Wayne Vansant served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War before earning his degree from the Atlanta College of Art. Vansant oversaw Marvel's Vietnam War comic The 'Nam, which he worked on for approximately five years, illustrating more than fifty issues. Since working on The 'Nam, he has scripted and illustrated countless graphic books on the subject of military history, from the American Civil War to the Korean War.

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