Annal: 1973 National Book Award for Current Interest

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1973.

Book:Fire in the Lake

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

Frances FitzGerald

This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald’s own research and travels, takes us inside Vietnam—into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals and monks—and reveals the country as seen through Vietnamese eyes. With a clarity and authority unrivaled by any book before it or since, Fire in the Lake shows how America utterly and tragically misinterpreted the realities of Vietnam.

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