The authors, who were involved in all levels of the counterinsurgency campaign, also cite as key factors in American policy failure: support for the coup that overthrew President Diem in 1963, bureaucratic in-fighting, and the lack of appreciation for the complexities of revolutionary warfare and the practicalities of grass-roots programs to combat it. A vivid account of that coup is included in the book with fresh insight into the pivotal event. Two essays written by former South Vietnamese senior officers who once fought with Communist Viet Minh forces provide a unique perspective of how both sides thought and functioned. While this devastating portrait can do nothing to change what has already transpired, it does offer significant lessons for the future and should not be ignored.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Number of pages: 309
Weight: 621 g
Dimensions: 225 x 159 x 27 mm
"...an excellent collection of essays by American civilians and Vietnamese officials." -- Journal of Military History
"...provides many lessons for the future." -- Vietnam Magazine