In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, setting the stage for American involvement and opening another tragic chapter in Vietnam's history.
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by Bernard B. Fall
by Bernard Bailyn
by Bernard Lewis
by Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
by Roger Moorhouse
by Tim Hannigan
by Thomas Asbridge
by Norman Davies
by Gordon Corera
by Timothy B. Shutt
"Fall gives an insider's history, at times amazingly dramatic, of the disastrous French war in Indochina, 1946-1954, and the follow-up into the 1960s. British narrator Derek Perkins is in command of pace, emphasis, and expressive modulation. He manages to convey Fall's dry cynicism about the war, and his admiration and sympathy for those who fought it, without overemphasis or calling undue attention to technique. His French is very good, as is his American accent. When quoting French in translation, he gives it an accent that can be a bit much, but it does help orient the reader. Overall, he provides an admirable reading of a remarkable story and an important piece of history. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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