Embers of War Reviews
"Starred Review. [Logevall] masterfully presents the war's roots in the U.S. reaction to the French colonial experience." - Publishers Weekly
"A superbly written and well-argued reinterpretation of our tragic experience in Vietnam." - Booklist
"Editor's Choice. [A] powerful portrait of the terrible and futile French war from which Americans learned little as they moved toward their own engagement in Vietnam." - The New York Times Book Review
"Superb ... penetrating ... Embers of War is a product of formidable international research. It is lucidly and comprehensively composed. And it leverages a consistently potent analytical perspective. . . . Outstanding." - The Washington Post
"A monumental history . . . a widely researched and eloquently written account of how the U.S. came to be involved in Vietnam . . . certainly the most comprehensive review of this period to date." - Wall Street Journal
"[Embers of War tells] the deeply immoral story of the Vietnam wars convincingly and more fully than any others. Since many of the others, some written over fifty years ago, are excellent, this is a considerable achievement." - New York Review of Books
"Magisterial." - Foreign Affairs
"The definitive history of the critical formative period from 1940 to 1960 [in Vietnam]. ... lucid and vivid ... Fredrik Logevall brilliantly explains that legacy." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Embers of War is simply an essential work for those seeking to understand the worst foreign-policy adventure in American history. . . . Even though readers know how the story endsas with "The Iliad"they will be as riveted by the tale as if they were hearing it for the first time." - The Christian Science Monitor
"A remarkable new history ... Logevall skillfully explains everything that led up to Vietnam's fatal partition in 1954 ... [and] peppers the grand sweep of his book with vignettes of remarkable characters, wise and foolish." - The Economist
"Fascinating, beautifully-written . . . Logevall's account provides much new detail and important new insights. ... It is impossible not to read the book without being struck by contemporary parallels." - Foreign Policy
"[A] brilliant history of how the French colonial war to hang onto its colonies in Indochina became what the Vietnamese now call 'the American war.'" - Esquire
"Very much worth the read, both for the story and the writing. ... Embers of War has the balance and heft to hold hindsight's swift verdicts at bay. . . An excellent, valuable book." - The Dallas Morning News
"An encompassing, lucid account of the 40-year arc in which America's Southeast Asian adventure became inevitable ... Logevall's prose is clean, his logic relentless, his tone unsparing, his vision broad and deep, his empathy expansive." - Vietnam Magazine
"How easy it is to forget how it all started. The events pile on one another, new battles begin each day, demands for decisions encroachand soon enough everything is incremental. Cornell historian Fredrik Logevall steps back from the edge andparting from most Vietnam War studies that focus on the Kennedy and Johnson administrationsreaches back to World War II to give a fresh picture of America imagining itself into the Vietnam War. ... [Embers of War puts] flesh on barebones assertions that occupy a few sentences" - The VVA Veteran
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