There are a number of reviews out there for this work (often a sign that the book has something to say), and I thought this review did a good job of highlighting the scope and tone:http://www.startribune.com/review-vietnam-an-epic-tragedy-1945-1975-by-max-hastings/500632782/
When a good number of books have been written on a particular topic, a reasonable question to ask when another one comes out is: what does this new one have to offer that the previous ones did not?
I haven't read this book, but from looking at commentaries about
it on the web, it seems that the author has interwoven a detailed scholarship with vivid personal accounts, and, to judge from reviews, has done so successfully, not an easy task.
Yes, I plan to read it (added it to my list), and, having served in Nam, will see just how many memories as well as insights it produces for me as I go through the pages.
And books like this about
Vietnam actually do have an immediate relevance for some of us here on the forum, as Tim G suggests above. As soon as I get my hands on the book i will check the index for any references to Agent Orange, to see what if anything the author has to say about
that. Some of us for sure, and others possibly, like me, had exposure to it while over there, which may have had a hand in forming our PCa experiences.
But I totally agree with garyi who just said that no one book will ever capture the totality of either the Vietnam War, or the experiences of those who served there. But one more contribution such as this one, trying to do so, does help.
Likely a good read for those interested.
(And here's a short Youtube video of the author himself talking about
the book, and what he was trying to say in it)https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=vietnam+an+epic+tragedy+review&view=detail&mid=98d8c56060248339412a98d8c56060248339412a&form=vire