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Winners & Losers

Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War

Gloria Emerson (Author)

With a Preface by Frances FitzGerald


The National Book Award–winning classic on the Vietnam War, reissued for the war’s fiftieth anniversary.

Based on interviews with both Americans and Vietnamese, Winners and Losers is Gloria Emerson’s powerful portrait of the Vietnam War. From soldiers on the battlefield to protesters on the home front, Emerson chronicles the war’s impact on ordinary lives with characteristic insight and brilliance. Today, as we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, much of the physical and emotional damage from that conflict—the empty political rhetoric, the mounting casualties, and the troubled homecomings of shell-shocked soldiers—is once again part of the American experience. Winners and Losers remains a potent reminder of the danger of blindly applied American power, and its poignant truths are the legacy of a remarkable journalist.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34933-7
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 608 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Sensitive, moral, compelling . . . a book of genuine greatness and largeness of spirit.” — Chicago Tribune

“Magnificent. . . . [Emerson’s] interviews are superb.” — Newsweek

“A great book . . . alternately shrewd, angry, funny, knowing.” — David Halberstam

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