Arts & Letters Live: Fredrik Logevall - Embers of War: America in Vietnam
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“‘Embers,’ as you know, suggests a dying fire, but one that can be revived,” says Fredrik Logevall. The political quagmire that ignited from the embers of the French-Vietnam conflict serves as the subject of Logevall’s book The Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History and several other prestigious awards.
Written in the style of a great novel with the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, it is a landmark work that will change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Logevall will explore the importance of World War II in laying the groundwork for the French Indochina War that followed, and the major role played from an early point by the United States.