Christopher Goscha is an associate professor of history at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. The author and editor of numerous books on Vietnam, Southeast Asia, and international relations in English and French, he lives in Montreal, Canada.
Wall Street Journal "Mr. Goscha is one of the most talented and prolific of a new group of American and French historians who have examined the modern history of Vietnam not in regard to the country's relationship to the U.S. or the Cold War but on its own terms... [he] has put together what will probably be for some time the best one-volume history of modern Vietnam in English... for readers seeking a concise, insightful and readable guide to the complexity and variety of Vietnam's modern history, this book is an excellent choice." Guardian "Groundbreaking... Goscha has provided quite simply the finest, most readable single-volume history of Vietnam in English." The Economist "[A] thorough and thoughtful new history." The VVA Veteran "[An] excellent book... Goscha is rigorously objective; but he does not shy away from analysis amid his historical fact finding." Washington Independent Review of Books "A welcome new scholarly take on the story of a fascinating country." Kirkus Reviews "A vigorous, eye-opening account of a country of great importance to the world, past and future." Odd Arne Westad, author of Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 "For those who have wanted a distinct and comprehensive overview of Vietnam's history, this is it. Christopher Goscha has an eye for how history connects through generations and how a country can rise from disasters in a new form, without losing sight of its past." Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer Prize--winning author of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam "A splendid achievement. Christopher Goscha is one of our leading historians of modern Vietnam, and he shows it in this nuanced, fair-minded, deeply humane book. Destined to be a standard work on the subject." Rana Mitter, author of Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 "Powerful and compelling. Vietnam will be of growing importance in the twenty-first-century world, particularly as China and the US rethink their roles in Asia. Christopher Goscha's book is a brilliant account of that country's history. Paying careful attention to Vietnamese voices as well as those of colonizers, he constructs a narrative that sets Vietnam in context, and makes it for western readers so much more than a half-remembered event in the Cold War."