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Item - The Vietnam War

Series: You Choose: Interactive Modern History Adventures
Author: Burgan, Michael
Length: 112 pages
Number of Endings: 18
User Summary: You can experience the Vietnam war as a U.S. Marine, as a young Vietnamese man who is being forced to choose a side in the war, or as a young American man who has to choose between being drafted or opposing the war.
Guillermo's Thoughts:

I found the historical material presented in this book very interesting. I also appreciated the fact it strives to be neutral about the conflict it describes, and that it succeeds at it most of the time (I have serious doubts a gamebook which so openly questioned the U.S.'s role in Vietnam would have been approved for American publication back in the eighties). However, the book suffers from the same flaws as many other You Choose historical entries: the three adventures presented are way too short to be of much substance, and the choices are just an excuse to lazily paste together a series of disjointed events instead of providing an engaging gameplay experience. Considering the author is responsible for the decent World War II Spies, this really should have been a whole lot better.

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