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Anatomy of War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience
Anatomy of War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience
By Gabriel Kolko
Pantheon, 1986, 628 pp
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Although readers may be irritated by the author's wooden, quasi-Marxist rhetoric, his unrelieved criticism of the United States and his sympathy for the Vietnamese communists, this is an ambitious attempt to locate the Vietnam War in the broad sweep of twentieth-century history. The analysis of the Vietnamese communist side of the interaction is particularly illuminating as a corrective to those who write about the war entirely from American sources.