Hess, Gary R.
Date published: 
April 2008

In Vietnam, Gary R. Hess describes and evaluates the main arguments of scholars, participants, and journalists - both revisionist and orthodox in their approach - as they consider why the United States was unable to achieve its objectives. While providing a clear and well-balanced account of the existing historical debate, Hess also offers his own interpretation of the events and opens a dialogue about the usefulness of historical argument in reaching a deeper understanding of the conflict. This concise book is essential reading for students and teachers of the Vietnam War as it provides a clear and well-balanced account of existing historical debate and a thought-provoking look at the future of historical scholarship.