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The War for South Viet Nam, 1954-1975, 2nd Edition (Paperback)
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The War for South Viet Nam, 1954-1975, 2nd Edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 30/03/2001
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Like the widely praised original, this new edition is compact, clearly written, and accessible to the nonspecialist. First, the book chronicles and analyzes the twenty-year struggle to maintain South Vietnamese independence. Joes tells the story with a sympathetic focus on South Viet Nam and is highly critical of U.S. military strategy and tactics in fighting this war. He claims that the fall of South Viet Nam was not inevitable, that an abrupt and public termination of U.S. aid provoked a crisis of confidence inside South Viet Nam that led to the debacle. Students and scholars of military studies, South East Asia, U.S. foreign policy, or the general reader interested in this fascinating period in 20th century history, will find this new edition to be invaluable reading.

After discussing the principal American mistakes in the conflict, Joes outlines a workable alternative strategy that would have saved South Viet Nam while minimizing U.S. involvement and casualties. He documents the enormous sacrifices made by the South Vietnamese allies, who in proportion to population suffered forty times the casualties the Americans did. He concludes by linking the final conquest of South Viet Nam to an increased level of Soviet adventurism which resulted in the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. military build-up under Presidents Carter and Reagan, and the eventual collapse of the USSR. The complicated factors involved in the war are here offered in a consolidated, objective form, enabling the reader to consider the implications of U.S. experiences in South Viet Nam for future policy in other world areas.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275968076
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book fills a niche in the increasing number of texts on the Vietnam War as it provides a short, readable volume for the novice student writtten from a revisionist'(i.e. centrist/conservative) perspective. Among its many strengths are: (1)it is accessible to the nonspecialist, (2)is provides the background in Vietnamese history and politics and the long origins of the conflict necessary to understand the context of American military strategy and tactics, (3) it affords balanced insight into the contending military forces without romanticizing the Communist guerrillas, (4) it incisively critiques inadequate American military strategy and tactics, (5)it assesses honestly the problems, successes, and failures of building a viable political order in South Vietnam, and (6)it daringly challenges the prevailing wisdom' on a wide range of issues and offers a provocative conclusion...A good volume for high school and public libraries as well as academic collections."-Choice
..."this is a useful book, one in line with new revisionist writings..."-Infantry
..."Joes' presentation is dispassionate, clear, and plausible, as he takes the reader quickly and skillfully from the Viet Mich War in 1954 to the fall of Saigon in March 1975. The moderate level of detail he employs makes the book ideal for classroom use."-ORBIS
"In an interesting, fast-paced, and well-written analysis, Anthony James Joes successfully melds the Vietnam War revisionist historian's emphasis on the inability of American and South Vietnamese leaders to understand the political dimensions of the Vietnam War with the post-revisionist historian's focus on looking at the conflict from a Vietnamese viewpoint."-Militaty History of the West
?...this is a useful book, one in line with new revisionist writings...?-Infantry
?...Joes' presentation is dispassionate, clear, and plausible, as he takes the reader quickly and skillfully from the Viet Mich War in 1954 to the fall of Saigon in March 1975. The moderate level of detail he employs makes the book ideal for classroom use.?-ORBIS
?In an interesting, fast-paced, and well-written analysis, Anthony James Joes successfully melds the Vietnam War revisionist historian's emphasis on the inability of American and South Vietnamese leaders to understand the political dimensions of the Vietnam War with the post-revisionist historian's focus on looking at the conflict from a Vietnamese viewpoint.?-Militaty History of the West
?This book fills a niche in the increasing number of texts on the Vietnam War as it provides a short, readable volume for the novice student writtten from a revisionist'(i.e. centrist/conservative) perspective. Among its many strengths are: (1)it is accessible to the nonspecialist, (2)is provides the background in Vietnamese history and politics and the long origins of the conflict necessary to understand the context of American military strategy and tactics, (3) it affords balanced insight into the contending military forces without romanticizing the Communist guerrillas, (4) it incisively critiques inadequate American military strategy and tactics, (5)it assesses honestly the problems, successes, and failures of building a viable political order in South Vietnam, and (6)it daringly challenges the prevailing wisdom' on a wide range of issues and offers a provocative conclusion...A good volume for high school and public libraries as well as academic collections.?-Choice
.,."this is a useful book, one in line with new revisionist writings..."-Infantry
.,."Joes' presentation is dispassionate, clear, and plausible, as he takes the reader quickly and skillfully from the Viet Mich War in 1954 to the fall of Saigon in March 1975. The moderate level of detail he employs makes the book ideal for classroom use."-ORBIS

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