The book tells the story of what happened in Vietnam from the perspectives of the people who experienced it. Barry Denenberg uses the personal narratives of soldiers, politicians, doctors, Vietnamese citizens, activists, and others to inform readers about what happened politically in Vietnam from 1940 through 1975. This compilation of oral histories brings this time period to life for young readers, and Denenberg's commentary frames these oral histories, by introducing the different stages of that war, and in other ways clarifying a turbulent time in history for young readers. Source notes are included in each chapter. The book also contains a bibliography, a glossary, and a chronology. An insightful look at the history and heartbreak of the Vietnam War.