Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War: Military Information You're Not Supposed to Know

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Macmillan, May 5, 2000 - History - 400 pages
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Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive reality in a clear, concise manner. Containing more than two hundred examinations of different aspects of the war, the book questions why the American military ignored the lessons taught by previous encounters with insurgency forces; probes the use of group think and mind control by the North Vietnamese; and explores the role technology played in shaping the way the war was fought. Of course, the book also reveals the "dirty little secrets," the truth behind such aspects of the conflict as the rise of the Montagnard mercenaries-the most feared group of soldiers participating in the secret war in Laos-and the details of the hidden struggle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

With its unique and perceptive examination of the conflict, Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War offers a critical addition to the library of Vietnam War history.
  

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this book is adequate. I found no typos.

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As an ex-military person I was recommended this book not only by a member of the army's first Long Range Patrols in Vietnam but also by a SeaBee who spent 2 tours in country. The facts ARE accurate.

Contents

The FortyYear War
25
In The Bush Ground Combat
59
Slicks Pnffs and Fast Movers
106
Blue Water Green Water Brown Water
139
Base Camp Follies
154
War In the Shadows
168
Leadership
203
Numbers and Losses
240
The Home Front
257
The Other Side
267
Logistics
291
The Combat Units
302
The Aftermath
329
A Vietnam War Glossary Acronyms
345
RECOMMENDED READING
355
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James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi are the authors of hundreds of books and articles on military affairs. Dunnigan has been a consultant to the State Department, the CIA, and the Army War College. Nofi is the editor of the series The Great Campaigns of Military History.

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