A better war: the unexamined victories and final tragedy of America's last years in Vietnam

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Harcourt Brace & Co., Jun 3, 1999 - History - 507 pages
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Neglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved. Drawing on authoritative materials not previously available, including thousands of hours of tape-recorded allied councils of war, award-winning military historian Lewis Sorley has given us what has long been needed-an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these important years. Among his findings is that the war was being won on the ground even as it was being lost at the peace table and in the U.S. Congress. The story is a great human drama of purposeful and principled service in the face of an agonizing succession of lost opportunities, told with uncommon understanding and compassion. Sorley documents the dramatic differences in conception, conduct, and-at least for a time-results between the early and the later war. Meticulously researched and movingly told, A Better War is sure to stimulate controversy as it sheds brilliant new light on the war in Vietnam.

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Review: A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

A thoroughly researched but cumbersomely written account of the 'Vietnam was lost in Washington narrative. Marred by the lack of ability to relate critically to it's hero and providing stereotypical portraits of the chosen villains. Read full review

Review: A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

User Review  - Lance Kinzer - Goodreads

I picked up this book because of its focus on the post-Tet offensive period when my father served in Vietnam. The book confirmed much that I have learned over the years by listening to him talk about ... Read full review


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Lewis Sorley is a third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy who also holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He served in Vietnam, and in the Pentagon in the offices of Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Army Chief of Staff General William C. Westmoreland. He also taught at West Point and the Army War College. He is the author of five highly-regarded works of military history.

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