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The Tet Offensive
ISBN: 9780756538446
Author: Englar, Mary
Publisher: Compass Point Books
Published: October 2008
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: In January 1968, the North Vietnamese Army, along with Viet Cong rebels, launched surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout South Vietnam. The military campaign was timed to launch during Tet, the Vietnamese new year. Fighting alongside the South Vietnamese, U.S. soldiers battled for days. Thousands of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers were killed, and no South Vietnamese cities were lost to the enemy. Yet the severity of the attacks shocked the Americans back home and caused many to turn against continuing the war.
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Physical Information: 0.34" H x 9.16" L x 7.77" W 48 pages
Bargain Category: Reference, Non-Fiction, Middle School, History, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 December)

Gr 5–8—These titles provide basic information about three of the most controversial aspects of the Vietnam War. Each book opens with a short description of a dramatic event, followed by a general overview of the topic. The authors give readers some background and enough information to help them understand the topics, but do not dwell on the graphic details of the battles, the mistreatment of POWs, or the murder of unarmed civilians. They also describe how the events sparked intense public debate and include the arguments made by all sides. All three books have large color and black-and-white photos and maps that supplement the texts and a Web site log-in so that students can access pre-screened Internet materials. Although titles such as Diane Saenger and Bradley Steffens's Life as a POW: The Vietnam War (Gale, 2001) offer much more detail and analysis, these books will be helpful to reluctant younger readers and researchers.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

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