07 November 2018, The Tablet

Apocalypse then: Max Hastings chronicles the war in Vietnam


Apocalypse then: Max Hastings chronicles the war in Vietnam

US infantry and support helicopters on active duty in Vietnam
Photo: Photo: PA/DPA

 

The defeat of the United States in Vietnam, the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the collapse of the Soviet empire and the economic rise of China are the most significant events of the second half of the twentieth century. Forty-odd years after the Americans’ panic-stricken scramble out of Saigon, the first has found a vastly experienced military and political chronicler in Sir Max Hastings.

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