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A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

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Neglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved. Drawing from thousands of hours of previously unavailable (and still classified) tape-recorded meetings between the highest levels of the American military command in Vietnam, A Better War is an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these final years. Through his exclusive access to authoritative materials, award-winning historian Lewis Sorley highlights the dramatic differences in conception, conduct, and-at least for a time-results between the early and later years of the war. Among his most important findings is that while the war was being lost at the peace table and in the U.S. Congress, the soldiers were winning on the ground. Meticulously researched and movingly told, A Better War sheds new light on the Vietnam War.
Neglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved. Drawing from thousands of hours of previously unavailable (and still classified) tape-recorded meetings between the highest levels of the American military command in Vietnam, A Better War is an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these final years. Through his exclusive access to authoritative materials, award-winning historian Lewis Sorley highlights the dramatic differences in conception, conduct, and-at least for a time-results between the early and later years of the war. Among his most important findings is that while the war was being lost at the peace table and in the U.S. Congress, the soldiers were winning on the ground. Meticulously researched and movingly told, A Better War sheds new light on the Vietnam War.

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Publish date: Apr 10, 2007
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A profound, masterful, and unique history of the Ameican military's efforts in the Vietnam War during the period after the Tet Offensive in 1968, when General Abrams replaced General Westmoreland as Commander, until the end of that war. Abrams replaced Westmoreland's attrition strategy with his new "one war" strategy which focused simultaneously on pacification and protection of the population, meeting or dictating to the enemy either convention warfare or counter-terrorism / anti-guerrilla warfare, and Vietnamization (training and equipping the South Vietnam armed forces so that they could take over the fight with only ongoing American financial, logistical and equipment, and tactical air support).
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