‘Vietnam’ Reaches No.2 in Bestseller List

Oct 9, 2018

Max Hastings’s ‘Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975′ has retained the top spot, having been number 2 in the Sunday Times Bestseller List for 2 weeks running. The book has also sold over 15,000 copies and has received numerous 5 star reviews since its publication on September 20th.

Exhaustively researched and superbly written, it is both a balanced and authoritative account of how and why the war unfolded as it did, and a gripping narrative on what it was like to take part. No villain – and there were many – escapes Hastings’ censure; no political viewpoint emerges unscathed. This is history as it should be: objective, immersive and compelling.” Saul David, Daily Telegraph

As Max Hastings’s magnificent and moving new history shows, few wars hav e been as poisonous as Vietnam. Even by Hastings’s own standards, this is a masterful performance: deftly balanced, immaculately researched and written with immense flair.” Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times. 

It will surely be the last word on the tactical and military chronicle of the war, the main reference book for schools and universities for future generations” Evening Standard 


British journalist, author and broadcaster, Sir Max Hastings, has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides of the conflict, as well as drawing upon his own personal experiences and researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings’ readers know so well. The author suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle with so many lessons for the 21st century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges.