Books by David Detzer

David Detzer is professor emeritus of history with Connecticut State University. He is the author of Donnybrook; Allegiance; The Brink: Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962; and Thunder of the Captains, about the Korean War. He lives in Connecticut.


HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2006

"A solid account for the non-specialist audience."
A detailed history of the Civil War's opening weeks, before the clash of armies began. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Interesting perhaps for some Civil War buffs in its portraits of everyday life under arms. For the rest, though, there's nothing particularly significant here."
"Most of the boys here think that we are just going to have a frolic," wrote one South Carolinian before the Battle of Bull Run. It turned out to be rather more serious than all that, as this middling chronicle relates. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Of limited use, and of even more limited appeal."
An unrevealing account of an already well-studied episode in American history: the siege of Fort Sumter and the formal opening of hostilities in the Civil War. Read full book review >
AN ASIAN TRAGEDY by David Detzer
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

Though not entirely bias-free, this account is fair in balancing perspectives of the major parties in the American- Vietnamese conflict. Presenting important points of interpretation in some depth, Detzer shows why they are important—e.g., the disagreement among historians on the origin of the revolt against the Diem regime: if it had been organized from Hanoi, it could have been considered an invasion rather than a civil war. He also provides an objective description of the American political outlook in the late 40's and early 50's, when Washington chose to side with the French-created South Vietnamese government, effectively showing how this outlook created a situation that could be changed only with great difficulty. Unfortunately, however, he always calls the enemy by their American names, never by their own, and the ``Pentagon Papers,'' which spurred much of the off-campus antiwar effort, are not mentioned. Too, he quotes cynics who blame antiwar mobilizing on the drafting of young men, but fails to pose a counter argument: the large numbers of veterans and women active against the war. Documentation is skimpy—only 12 endnotes for the entire book— but the bibliography/filmography is broad-based, and the photos are well keyed to the text. A worthy effort at balanced treatment of a still highly emotion-fraught subject. Chronology; index. (Nonfiction. 12+) Read full book review >