The historic figure or trend chosen for comparison and contrast is the Vietnam War. The two authors used as comparison are Jonathan Neale’s book “A People’s History of the Vietnam War” (2004) and Geoffrey C. Ward’s book “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History” (2017). Both authors discuss various aspects of the war, including its political and cultural context, its impact on the U.S., and the legacy it left behind in U.S.-Vietnamese relations today.
Neale views the war from a primarily leftist perspective, focusing on how ordinary people experienced the conflict from both sides of the conflict. He argues that American intervention was largely driven by corporate interests rather than any genuine desire to help Vietnamese citizens achieve peace or freedom. He also highlights how ordinary Americans suffered greatly during this period, both directly due to casualties sustained in battle and indirectly due to reduced economic opportunities back home that resulted from resources being diverted away from civil programs towards military ones instead. His view ultimately paints a picture of an unjustified war where innocent civilians were forced to pay an unbearable price for America’s mistakes while those in power profited off their suffering with impunity.