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By Philip Caputo

It used to be the battle that lasted 10000 days. The struggle that encouraged ratings of songs. The struggle that sparked dozens of riots. And during this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- profitable journalist Philip Caputo writes approximately our country's so much arguable struggle -- the Vietnam warfare -- for younger readers. From the 1st stirrings of unrest in Vietnam below French colonial rule, to American intervention, to the conflict at Hamburger Hill, to the Tet Offensive, to the autumn of Saigon, 10,000 Days of Thunder explores the warfare that modified the lives of a iteration of usa citizens and that also reverberates with us at the present time.

Included inside of 10,000 Days of Thunder are own anecdotes from squaddies and civilians, in addition to profiles and debts of the activities of many ancient luminaries, either American and Vietnamese, taken with the Vietnam conflict, equivalent to Richard M. Nixon, normal William C. Westmoreland, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Galloway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and...

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The Ho Chi Minh Trail was of enormous strategic advantage for the Communists. The border between North and South Vietnam was only thirty-nine miles long. In comparison the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 1963 was more than six hundred miles long. Thanks to the trail, the Communists could attack South Vietnam from anywhere along its western border.

Now the Vietnamese Communist Party controlled the north, and a democratic government was being organized in the south with the assistance of the United States. S. military radio nomenclature for the letters V and C—Victor and Charlie. S. troops were called “Kit Carson scouts,” after the famous American-Indian fighter of the Southwest. • The United States forces tried many methods and tools to find the hiding Viet Cong. ” The troops called it the “People Sniffer” because it was supposed to “smell” the ammonia and methane gas given off by human urine and excrement.

President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office signing a proclamation that established a quarantine, which barred American businesses and people from working with or visiting Cuba. S. concern about the danger of Communist expansion increased in 1959, when Cuba, a Caribbean island-nation less than one hundred miles south of Florida, fell to Communism, led by Fidel Castro. S. intelligence learned that the Soviet Union was building nuclear missile launching sites on the island. These areas would target cities and military stations throughout the United States.

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