Rufus Phillips gives an extraordinary inside history of the most critical years of American involvement in Vietnam, from 1954 to 1968, and explains why it still matters. Describing what went right and then wrong, he finds that our failure to understand the Communists, our South Vietnamese allies, or even ourselves took us down the wrong road of a conventional war until it was too lateaEURO"we missed the war's essential political character. Documenting the story from his own private files as well as from the historical record, the former CIA officer paints striking portraits of such key figures as John F. Kennedy, Maxwell Taylor, Robert McNamara, Henry Cabot Lodge, Hubert Humphrey, and Ngo Dinh Diem, among others with whom he dealt.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
If you want to know why Vietnam matters, read this brilliant memoir and find out why those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to make the same mistakes."" - Joseph L. Galloway, nationally syndicated columnist, author of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young and co-author of We Are Soldiers Still
""Phillips's short chapter on lessons the U.S. should have learned from the Vietnam War should be mandatory reading in Washington, D.C."" - Publishers Weekly
""A wonderful read, full of detail and drama."" - George Parket, The New Yorker
"A brilliant book! ... Naval Institute Press have done a first rate job with [Phillips] book ... It shows very clearly and concisely why the United States failed so dismally in Korea, Vietnam and, subsequently, in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere." - Ausmarine