America in Vietnam: The War That Couldn't Be Won (Hardback)Herbert Y. Schandler (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 22 mm
Schandler . . . views the Vietnam War through the eyes of the North Vietnamese, a perspective sadly lacking during that disastrous conflict. . . . While helping Americans understand what went wrong in Vietnam, Schandler's message is even more important in helping recalibrate the chance for our success in the current guerrilla wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. * Historywire *
What makes this work unique is that the author offers insight into North Vietnamese perceptions of war by including discussions and interviews with former officials. . . . Recommended. * CHOICE *
A scholarly and well-written book that provides a unique perspective not only on America in Vietnam, but also on what the other side was thinking. . . . Highly recommended. * Parameters *
Relying extensively on sources in the former North Vietnam, Schandler illustrates how North Vietnamese perceptions of the struggle were never understood by American policymakers. * Booklist *
A competent summary of principal arguments holding that the United States embarked on a futile and misguided quest in Vietnam. . . . Both highly readable and thoughtfully argued. As a concise exposition on the inexorable logic of failure in Vietnam, it fulfills the author's intent and provides a good foundation for a nonspecialist seeking a basic explanation of America's withdrawal from Vietnam. * Military Review *
[Schandler] stands out, however, as the most significant orthodox scholar coming from a military background. . . . Schandler's account is especially useful in understanding civilian-military relations and North Vietnam's response to American warfare. The conclusions are well-stated and persuasive. * Pacific Affairs *
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