VIETNAM An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975

VIETNAM An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975

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VIETNAM An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975 - Everything you need to know about Vietnam, according to the author

“VIETNAM, An Epic Tragedy” by Max Hastings is exactly what it purports to be: a chronicle of the tragic history of Vietnam, concentrating on the period spanning the French and American involvement in South East Asia from the return of colonial power following the defeat of Japan through to the iconic departure of helicopters from the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon. It is a monumental piece of work, which does justice to the subject matter, and is certainly the best complete history of the...
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Look forward to getting a copy.

Max did a stint as a reporter during the Vietnam, which I imagine makes this a real pet project for him.

This interview is worth a listen

 
It's a good book and while as themanwho points out, not exactly objective history, an excellent place to start learning about the Vietnam War.
 
It will be interesting to hear "jumpingjarhead" comments on it as he served there!
 
Having recently returned from Vietnam and Cambodia and been amazed how much they've achieved in the last 20 or so years, I'm left thinking how much further down the line they would be if only the septics had kept their noses out.
 
It's a good book and while as themanwho points out, not exactly objective history, an excellent place to start learning about the Vietnam War.
An excellent book. Pity the US government and military didn't read this first.



From Amazon: 'Originally published in 1961, before the United States escalated its involvement in South Vietnam, Street without Joy offered a clear warning about what American forces would face in the jungles of Southeast Asia: a costly and protracted revolutionary war fought without fronts against a mobile enemy. In harrowing detail, Fall describes the brutality and frustrations of the Indochina War, the savage eight-year conflict-ending in 1954 after the fall of Dien Bien Phu-in which French forces suffered a staggering defeat at the hands of Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists.'

Street Without Joy - Wikipedia
 
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One thing I neglected to mention in the review was to apologise to @Auld-Yin for the length of time this review took me!I

Pressures of work and a plethora of seasonal drinks are the cause, the blame is mine own.
 
That has long been my opinion as well.
Mine too, although I would be a bit more precise in where to lay the blame.

There were many of us in the "military" below the general officer level who realized the inherent flaws in the both the inception and waging of the war in general and the strategic flaws that to us were glaring (personally it was unforgiveable that the fundamental Principle of War--properly identifying the Objective--was violated from the onset and throughout the war). Sadly, lying politicians and careerist/political generals were beyond our paygrade to remedy.
 
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Mine too, although I would be a bit more precise in where to lay the blame.

There were many of us in the "military" below the general officer level who realized the inherent flaws in the both the inception and waging of the war in general and the strategic flaws that to us were glaring (personally it was unforgiveable that the fundamental Principle of War--properly identifying the Objective--was violated from the onset and throughout the war). Sadly, lying politicians and careerist/political generals were beyond our paygrade to remedy.
The hierarchy and the politicians would have also been advised to read another book by Bernard Fall called "Hell in a very small place".
This would have given an insight into what the VN were capable of.

Dien Ben Phu
 
Having recently returned from Vietnam and Cambodia and been amazed how much they've achieved in the last 20 or so years, I'm left thinking how much further down the line they would be if only the septics had kept their noses out.
To think of the massive US involvement to prevent communism, and now the countries of Indochina are no more communist than countries in Europe. Vietnam and Laos are socialist in name only.

Somewhere like 4 million killed and a massive cost to the US taxpayers. Still, the US arms industry must have made a killing out of it in more than one way.
 
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