By Philip Caputo
It used to be the struggle that lasted 10000 days. The struggle that encouraged ratings of songs. The struggle that sparked dozens of riots. And during this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- profitable journalist Philip Caputo writes approximately our country's so much arguable battle -- the Vietnam battle -- for younger readers. From the 1st stirrings of unrest in Vietnam below 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 warfare that modified the lives of a new release of usa citizens and that also reverberates with us this present day.
Included inside 10,000 Days of Thunder are own anecdotes from squaddies and civilians, in addition to profiles and bills of the activities of many ancient luminaries, either American and Vietnamese, serious about 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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Extra resources for 10,000 Days of Thunder. A History of the Vietnam War
With Cuba as a clear reminder of Communist threat, the stage was set for America’s participation in a war that lasted ten thousand days—the Vietnam War. An aerial photograph of a nuclear warhead bunker under construction in Cuba. VIET CONG At the conclusion of hostilities between the French and the Viet Minh in 1954 and in accordance with the treaty, all Communists were supposed to move into North Vietnam. Non-Communists in the north regrouped in the south. The Viet Minh organization, which initially contained both Communist and non-Communist patriots united to achieve Vietnam’s independence, was dissolved.
The most famous examples of his tyranny were the series of purges in the 1930s, in which Stalin had executed almost all of the top and senior officers in the army and many rival political leaders. Trotsky enlisted males—both young and old—into the ranks of the Red Army. Here a group of boys has lined up to await inspection by Trotsky. Communist parties in the western democracies were never able to control any government. Only a Communist revolution in the early 1930s in China, led by Mao Tse-tung, against the weak Nationalist government headed by Jiang Jie-shi, gained any headway, ultimately seizing control in 1949.
Government encouraged married American advisors to have their families live with them in South Vietnam. One such advisor was U. S. Navy Captain Bill Hardcastle, who had with him his wife and high school–aged daughter, Susan. When Susan went to school, a bus with two guards armed with automatic weapons would pick her up. As she rode to school, she looked out bus windows that were covered with wire mesh screens to keep out Viet Cong grenades. A twelve-year-old Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) soldier in front of buildings that were destroyed during a battle.