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The Resource Vietnam at war: the history, 1946-1975

Vietnam at war: the history, 1946-1975

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Vietnam at war: the history, 1946-1975
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Vietnam at war: the history, 1946-1975
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eng
Summary
Weaving together the histories of three distinct conflicts, Phillip B. Davidson follows the entire course of the Vietnam War, from the initial French skirmishes in 1946 to the dramatic fall of Saigon nearly thirty years later. His connecting thread is North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, a remarkable figure who, with no formal military training, fashioned a rag-tag militia into one of the world's largest and most formidable armies. By focusing on Giap's role throughout the war, and by making available for the first time a wealth of recently declassified North Vietnamese documents, Davidson offers unprecedented insight into Hanoi's military strategies, an insight surpassed only by his inside knowledge of American operations and planning. Eminently qualified to write this history, Davidson--who served as chief intelligence officer under Generals Westmoreland and Abrams--tells firsthand the story of our tragic ordeal in Indochina and brings his unique understanding to bear on topics of continuing controversy, offering a chilling account, for example, of when and where the U.S. considered using nuclear weapons. The most comprehensive and authoritative history of the conflict to date, Vietnam at War sparkles with a rare immediacy, and brings to life in compelling fashion the war that tore America apart. We witness the chaos in Saigon when fireworks celebrating the Tet holiday are suddenly transformed into deadly rocket and machine-gun fire. We sit in on high-level meetings where General Westmoreland plans operations, or simply engages in some tough "headknocking" with subordinates. And in the end we learn that even the seemingly limitless resources of the U.S. military could not match the revolutionary "grand strategy" of the North Vietnamese. With its easy movement from intimate memoir to trenchant military analysis, from the conference rooms of generals to the battle-scarred streets of Hue, this is military history at its most gripping. A monumental, engrossing, and unforgettable chronicle, Vietnam at War is indispensable for anyone hoping to understand a conflict that still rages in the American psyche
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1915-1996
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Davidson, Phillip B.
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Indochinese War, 1946-1954
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam
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Vietnam at war: the history, 1946-1975
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 819-827) and index
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volume
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  • txt
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Contents
Volcano under the snow -- The French campaign, 1946-1947 -- The French campaign, 1948-1949 -- Giap's first offensive campaign, 1950 -- Jean de Lattre de Tassigny -- Giap's general counteroffensive, January 1951-May 1952 -- Winter-spring campaign, September 1952-May 1953 -- The origins of Dien Bien Phu, 21 May-20 November 1953 -- Dien Bien Phu: preparations for battle, 20 November 1953-13 March 1954 -- Dien Bien Phu: the battle, 12 March-7 May 1954 -- Dien Bien Phu: a critique -- Interbella, 1954-1964 -- The year of crisis, 1964 -- A war that nobody wanted, 1965 -- William Childs Westmoreland: the inevitable general -- "Oley's War," "Westy's War," and "Nobody's War," 1966 -- The best of years and the worst of years, 1967 -- The Tet offensive, 1968 -- Decision, dissent, and defection, 1968 -- General Creighton W. Abrams: one of a kind -- Nixon's war: peace with honor, 1969 -- The Cambodian raids of 1970 -- The raid too far: Lam Son 719, 1971 -- Totus porcus: the whole hog, 1972 -- An indecent interval, 1973-1974 -- Defeat, 1975 -- Why we lost the war
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 838 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780891413066
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
Label
Vietnam at war: the history, 1946-1975
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 819-827) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Volcano under the snow -- The French campaign, 1946-1947 -- The French campaign, 1948-1949 -- Giap's first offensive campaign, 1950 -- Jean de Lattre de Tassigny -- Giap's general counteroffensive, January 1951-May 1952 -- Winter-spring campaign, September 1952-May 1953 -- The origins of Dien Bien Phu, 21 May-20 November 1953 -- Dien Bien Phu: preparations for battle, 20 November 1953-13 March 1954 -- Dien Bien Phu: the battle, 12 March-7 May 1954 -- Dien Bien Phu: a critique -- Interbella, 1954-1964 -- The year of crisis, 1964 -- A war that nobody wanted, 1965 -- William Childs Westmoreland: the inevitable general -- "Oley's War," "Westy's War," and "Nobody's War," 1966 -- The best of years and the worst of years, 1967 -- The Tet offensive, 1968 -- Decision, dissent, and defection, 1968 -- General Creighton W. Abrams: one of a kind -- Nixon's war: peace with honor, 1969 -- The Cambodian raids of 1970 -- The raid too far: Lam Son 719, 1971 -- Totus porcus: the whole hog, 1972 -- An indecent interval, 1973-1974 -- Defeat, 1975 -- Why we lost the war
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 838 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780891413066
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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