10,000 days of thunder : a history of the Vietnam War

by Caputo, Philip.

Format: Print Book 2005
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It was the war that lasted ten thousand days. The war that inspired scores of songs. The war that sparked dozens of riots. And in this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Philip Caputo writes about our country's most controversial war -- the Vietnam War -- for young readers. From the first stirrings of unrest in Vietnam under French colonial rule, to American intervention, to the battle at Hamburger Hill, to the Tet Offensive, to the fall of Saigon, 10,000 Days of Thunder explores the war that changed the lives of a generation of Americans and that still reverberates with us today.
Included within 10,000 Days of Thunder are personal anecdotes from soldiers and civilians, as well as profiles and accounts of the actions of many historical luminaries, both American and Vietnamese, involved in the Vietnam War, such as Richard M. Nixon, General William C. Westmoreland, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Galloway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and General Vo Nguyen Giap. Caputo also explores the rise of Communism in Vietnam, the roles that women played on the battlefield, the antiwar movement at home, the participation of Vietnamese villagers in the war, as well as the far-reaching impact of the war's aftermath.
Caputo's dynamic narrative is highlighted by stunning photographs and key campaign and battlefield maps, making 10,000 Days of Thunder THE consummate book on the Vietnam War for kids.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-10. Caputo, whose 1977 memoir A Rumor of War 0 provided adults with a personal glimpse of the Vietnam War, chooses a more straightforward, wide-angle approach for this introduction to the "most unpopular war in American history and the only war America ever lost." Background comes first, including chapters about the role of Communism and how America became involved. Page-long profiles of various groups taking part in the conflict (tunnel rats, nurses, journalists, villagers, etc.) follow, interspersed with discussions of key battles, the evolving politics, and events on the home front. Sidebars expand the information, and the 10 by 10 trim size allows for large photos, many of which are candid close-ups: a wounded soldier in agony; a paratrooper carrying a Vietnamese toddler out of harm's way. Dramatic and immediate, they humanize the tragedy and celebrate the heroism, which Caputo makes abundantly clear in his thoughtful, articulate text. A time line appears on the endpapers, and the appended material features a bibliography that includes many classic adult books. An excellent way to expand on the highly visual approach Stuart Murray took in his recent Eyewitness Guide The Vietnam War0 (2005). --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Vietnam veteran Caputo (A Rumor of War) pulls no punches in this portrait of the Vietnam War. In his introduction, Caputo movingly depicts the war's impact on him personally, but also objectively presents the events. "The Vietnam war has three dubious distinctions: It was the longest and most unpopular war in American history and the only war America ever lost," he begins. After setting the stage with the heating up of the Cold War, Caputo begins a three-part exploration of the Vietnam War's origins: French colonialism, the dividing of Vietnam, and America's intervention. The design packs a visual wallop: a strong full-page photographic or cartographic image appears opposite a clean and succinct discussion of the topic (usually one theme per spread), while a sidebar offers "quick facts," such as the six presidents involved in the war (from Truman to Ford), or explanations of terms like "Viet Cong." The full-page and inset photographs are dramatic and often haunting (e.g., a marine crouched in a pagoda on the Ho Chi Minh Trail). Caputo's balanced approach offers evidence of atrocities and humanity on both sides of the conflict. He documents how American soldiers developed unique combat techniques for guerilla warfare and for the terrain, such as the use of special forces, helicopters and Agent Orange. The narrative also spotlights the homefront-antiwar protests and songs, plus the impact of the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Caputo offers readers an intelligent, close-up view of a defining time in world history, with many pertinent insights and lessons for today. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Juvenile literature.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States.
Publisher New York :Atheneum Books for Young Readers,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Ten thousand days of thunder.
Language English
Notes "A Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc. book."
Description 128 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 122-123) and index.
ISBN 0689862318
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