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Dictionary of the Vietnam War /
edited by James S. Olson.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
description
viii, 585 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0313249431 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
format(s)
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imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
isbn
0313249431 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4455999
 
Bibliography: p. [525]-546.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1988-07:
The focus of this historical dictionary is the deepening US military and political involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the decades from 1945 to 1975. A panel of 28 contributors have consulted books and printed documents in the preparation of this work. The descriptive articles are brief (typically one or two paragraphs) and are arranged alphabetically. Such entries as ``Bao Dai,'' ``Da Nang,'' ``I Corps,'' ``Iron Triangle,'' and ``Jason Study'' will have a familiar ring (although they may be novel to a younger generation). The style is clear and readable, and articles are accompanied by helpful references to books for further reading. The editor may be faulted for listing slang expressions in an appendix rather than the dictionary proper. Selective rather than comprehensive, this work will be especially useful for students and general readers and is recommended for academic and public library reference collections. Key related works are Shelby L. Stanton's Vietnam Order of Battle (CH, Jun '82), Louis A. Peake's The United States in the Vietnam War, 1945-1975: A Selected Annotated Bibliography (CH, Jun '86), and Richard Dean Burns's The Wars in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, 1945-1982: A Bibliographic Guide (CH, Jun '84).-L.S. Dutton, Northern Illinois University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1988-03-01:
This one-volume encyclopedia provides very thorough coverage of key concepts, people, and locations of the Vietnam War. In quality and format comparable to Harry Summers's Vietnam War Almanac ( LJ 1/86), this is nearly twice its size and so covers more ground. The entries are generally longer and more detailed, with more extensive biographical pieces. Absent from Summers's but included here are specific books and films about Vietnam; and entries for jargon like ``wasted,'' and ``Five O'Clock Follies,'' which define and discuss their significance as well. Editor Olson wrote most of the articles; the text is well balanced; and published sources are cited after each entry. If a choice must be made, this is preferred, though Summers's fine work is still valuable for its career-soldier's perspective. Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'œThis is an outstanding reference work.'' Infantry
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Long Description
The focus of this historical dictionary is the deepening US military and political involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the decades from 1945 to 1975. . . . The style is clear and readable, and articles are accompanied by helpful references to books for further reading. . . . Selective rather than comprehensive, this work will be especially useful for students and general readers and is recommended for academic and public library reference collections. Choice This historical Dictionary of the Vietnam War is designed to provide a ready reference tool for students and scholars alike. Its major focus is the thirty years between 1945 and 1975; critically important individuals and events from earlier years are also discussed. The first volume to deal with this historically significant and controversial war, it includes brief descriptive essays on most of the people, legislation, military operations, and controversies important to an understanding of the American participation in the Vietnam War. References at the end of each entry provide guidance to sources of additional information. Five appendixes complete this carefully constructed study, each focusing on a topic of major relevance in understanding the subject, such as a description of the population of South Vietnam, the minority groups of South Vietnam, a glossary of slang expressions and acronyms, a selected bibliography of the Vietnam War, and a chronology.
Long Description
This historical Dictionary of the Vietnam War is designed to provide a ready reference tool for students and scholars alike. Its major focus is the thirty years between 1945 and 1975; critically important individuals and events from earlier years are also discussed. The first volume to deal with this historically significant and controversial war, it includes brief descriptive essays on most of the people, legislation, military operations, and controversies important to an understanding of the American participation in the Vietnam War. References at the end of each entry provide guidance to sources of additional information. Five appendixes complete this carefully constructed study, each focusing on a topic of major relevance in understanding the subject, such as a description of the population of South Vietnam, the minority groups of South Vietnam, a glossary of slang expressions and acronyms, a selected bibliography of the Vietnam War, and a chronology.
Unpaid Annotation
"The focus of this historical dictionary is the deepening US military and political involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the decades from 1945 to 1975. . . . The style is clear and readable, and articles are accompanied by helpful references to books for further reading. . . . Selective rather than comprehensive, this work will be especially useful for students and general readers and is recommended for academic and public library reference collections." Choice
Table of Contents
The Dictionary of the Vietnam War
Appendixes
The Population and Provinces of South Vietnam, 1971
The Minority Groups of South Vietnam, 1970
Vietnam War Acronyms and Slang Expressions
Selected Bibliography of the Vietnam War
A Chronology of the Vietnam War, 1945-1975
Maps of the Republic of Vietnam, 1975
Bibliography
Index
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