PositiveNPR\"This retelling [of the beginnings of European contact] is the weakest part of the book, although there are some nice historical tidbits ... The author shines, instead, when he heads out on the road to meet with his relatives at Leech Lake or members of other tribes across the country. There are a delightful collection of characters ... [Treuer] succeeds in this fine and timely work. It will certainly help usher in a new narrative for Native Americans.\
RaveNPRWe\'ve seen a shelf-load of histories, analyses, memoirs, and novels on Vietnam. But what Hastings does in Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy (1945-1975) is pull all these genres together in a highly readable and vivid narrative that, I think, will become the standard on the war for many years to come ... This is a thoughtful and balanced work — and an aggressive one. He takes on all sides ... Hastings was once a journalist — and it shows. He\'s a vivid story teller, and his vast knowledge of military operations adds weight to every chapter ... It\'s how he crafts his story with color and detail and pathos that makes Hasting\'s Vietnam a great book. It\'s sort of a blend of David Halberstam\'s The Best and the Brightest, Tim O\'Brien\'s The Things They Carried and Truong Nhu Tang\'s A Vietcong Memoir.