Book of the Year

6th December 2018

Vietnam has been chosen by a number of newspapers, historians and reviewers as their book of the year.


‘This is by far the best book on the Vietnam War’

The Times

‘Beautifully balanced, immaculately researched and written with immense confidence, this is Hastings’s masterpiece … Horrifying, compelling, definitive – and quite brilliantly done’
Dominic Sandbrook , Sunday Times

‘This exhaustive and chilling, but brilliantly readable, history show a journalist’s eye for the telling detail’
Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

‘Dramatic and magisterial’
Mark Lawson, New Statesman

‘His masterpiece … he manages with great skill to combine the accumulation of strategic and political disaster with the real experience of those fighting on the ground’
Antony Beevor, The Spectator

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