The Vietnam War

Tim O'Brien's If I Die in a Combat Zone
Michael Hunt's Lyndon Johnson's War
There are so many events in history that it is impossible to know them all.Despite that fact, there are many different sources on events that happened in history.Each source has their unique style of illustrating an event and depending on what works best for the readers; sometimes a combination of sources will give the readers a better understanding of the event or there may be just one that better exemplify the event.An event that will be looked at is the Vietnam War.The occurrence of the Vietnam War will always be remembered as a time when America has to deal with many controversial issues.There are two books that can assist us in understanding the controversial.Thefirst book is If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien; it's a searing, intensely personal account of O'Brien's experience as a Vietnam foot soldier that takes readers behind the infantryman's rifle from minefields of My Lai to the darkness of the ghostly tunnels.The second book is Lyndon Johnson's War by Michael Hunt. It's an attempt to explain how the United States came to be drawn into the conflict in Southeast Asia by using current American and Vietnamese sources.After comparing and contrasting between the two books, I believe that Tim O'Brien If I Die in a Combat Zone is a better representation of the Vietnam War.I came to that conclusion after analyzing these comparisons:how does each book approach the Vietnam War; what each book tell us about the war; what each book did not address; and how does each book complement each other.
Tim O'Brien and Michael Hunt's style of writing and their approach to the Vietnam War are completely different; Tim O'Brien approaches the war by telling his fictional story that closely resembles his personal account of the time when he was a foot soldier in Vietna…

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War began in 1959 and ended in 1975. In the beginning the Communist guerrillas, Vietcong, from the South worked with the Communist forces of North Vietnam in an attempt to overthrow the government of South Vietnam. This struggle eventually grew into a civil war, and by the time it was over it had become a
conflict of international proportions.
In 1945, shortly after Japan had surrendered to the Allies, Vietminh guerrillas seized the capital city of Hanoi and forced Emperor Bao Dai to abdicate. They proceeded to declare Vietnam independent and announced the creation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam or North Vietnam.
France officially recognized North Vietnam as a new state, but the inability of the two countries to agree on certain economic and political polices led to armed conflict in early December of 1946. As a result of this conflict, the French helped Bao Dai set up the state of Vietnam or South Vietnam, where they establish the new capital of Saigon.
During the following year the US recognized South Vietnam and the Saigon government.President Truman attempted to help South Vietnam, by training them in the use of our weapons.
In the following years, both the Vietminh and the French, Vietnam’s main rivals,
were building up their military forces. Thefirst attack came in the spring of 1954,
Vietminh attacked the French fortress Dien Bien Phu in North Vietnam. After a 55-day siege the French surrendered.
On the same day that the French surrendered, North and South Vietnam met with
France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, US, Communist China, Laos and Cambodia in Geneva to discuss the future of;Indochina;. France and North Vietnam agreed to a truce. They agreed to temporarily split the country of Vietnam into North and South. The
North would go to the communist and the Saigon government would control the South. The agreement was made under the condition that elections would be held …


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